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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).