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 after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.