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.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
To celebrate being a Rugby World Cup match venue, Gloucester Rugby is proud to launch The Gloucester Burger, distinctly different to any other, made entirely from locally farmed Pedigree Gloucester Cattle, the UK's rarest breed.