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 GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.