Welsh Grand Slam winning hooker Mefin Davies completed a brilliant few weeks on Thursday when he put pen to paper on the final details of a new two-year contract at Gloucester.
The 32 year-old has had a pretty interesting 12 months including losing his job at Celtic Warriors, getting married, playing semi-professional, going back to work as an engineer, staking his claim in the Welsh side, moving to Gloucester on a short-term contract, winning the Grand Slam, welcoming his first child into the world, and now confirming his future at Kingsholm.
Davies joined Gloucester in December on a deal until the end of the season, and the new contract will keep the star Welsh front row man in the West Country until the summer of 2007.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Davies said: "Gloucester's decision to bring me here at the end of last year gave me an opportunity, and as an individual you value that kind of commitment in people at the club.
"If I think of how things are now and how they were last summer there can't be a better situation.
"I've got to know everyone a lot more over the last few months, and through the Six Nations it was good to come back here, when we had a couple of games, even though I was injured for one of them.
"It was good to get away from the Six Nations focus and keep it fresh from a playing point of view.
"I love it here at Gloucester. Pontypridd, where I used to play, was one of the biggest supported clubs in Wales, and that's the case here at Kingsholm. It's a similar environment on matchdays and when you're walking around the town during the week.
"The last year has been quite unbelievable. From losing my job just before I got married, through to playing lower division rugby, and then the Autumn internationals, moving to Gloucester, winning the Grand Slam, and now the new contract.
"It's been great and I'm happy. I'm fulfilling everything in life at the moment, and the new contract has made life more positive than anyone could know. You only have to walk around the club, see the support and see how strong it is.
"Playing in a Gloucester shirt is inspiring. Gloucester realise players are important. It's given me a fresh start. I play games with new guys with new ideas and different values. And it's got to be good for Wales."
Just a few days after enjoying the Six Nations success the focus turns to Premiership priorities and Gloucester's key clash away at London Irish on Saturday.
"We've got some great players at Gloucester, who work hard, and dig deep on the pitch. Everyone is pulling together for us to meet that objective of a Heineken Cup place, and Saturday is where we now have to start."
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
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.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.