JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL will be back in Gloucester colours tomorrow when Dean Ryan's side continue their pre-season programme away at Llanelli (2.30pm).
And the Kingsholm winger cannot wait to get back into the action following yet more injury heartache on England's summer tour to Australia, where he was ruled out of action with a badly bruised left leg.
But he will return to action at Stradey Park, desperate to get some rugby in his legs as time ticks down to the start of the Guinness Premiership season.
Head coach Dean Ryan has yet to finalise his line-up but it is expected that Simpson-Daniel will be joined in the starting XV by centre Anthony Allen, locks Jonathan Pendlebury and Adam Eustace, props Patrice Collazo and Christian Califano, Willie Walker and Ludovic Mercier.
"Some of the guys have been back in pre-season training for 10 weeks and last week could not wait to get back onto the paddock and get a bit of a puff on - I know exactly how they feel," Simpson-Daniel said.
"It will be great to get back out there and get some miles in the tank. All the boys look ultra-fit, are raring to go and want to progress from the game last week.
"There is plenty of time for us to find form and the right combinations - it is a very long season - but we obviously want to take more from this match than the first one and continue to build on the foundations which to me look very, very strong.
"My leg feels fine and I just cannot wait to get that Gloucester shirt on again."
It is expected that Gloucester's line-up will again see new combinations and faces as Ryan moulds his squad together. Ryan Lamb will not be considered for selection because of an ankle injury.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.