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."
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby kick off their Aviva Premiership campaign at Northampton Saints on Friday evening, and then return home to entertain the same opponent in the A League at Kingsholm on Monday September 8th.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.