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."
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.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).