Gloucester Rugby has signed South African international second row forward Quinton Davids for the 2005/06 season. The official website rounds up the details and more signings.
The 29 year-old has five caps for South Africa and has made 37 appearances for Super 12 side the Stormers.
The 6ft 7" forward, who has been a regular for the Investec Stormers and Western Province teams in recent seasons, will join up with Gloucester from 1 November after the completion of the South African club season.
The 18 stone lock has signed a one-year contract with Gloucester, with the option to extend for both parties for two more years towards the end of the 2005/06 season.
The Kingsholm club has also signed up Mark Cornwell on a new one-year contract. The 32 year-old is currently in his testimonial year at Gloucester, and has made more than 185 first team appearances since his debut in the 1994-95 season.
Wing James Bailey, who joined Gloucester from Bristol last summer, has also signed a new one-year contract.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk Quinton Davids said: "There's no doubt that Gloucester is one of the most famous rugby clubs around. They've got a strong reputation and tradition and the contract gives me an opportunity to prove myself in the Premiership.
"It's up to me to prove myself, and my ambition is to win a trophy with Gloucester. I know Jake Boer from South Africa, and have seen the quality players that Gloucester already have. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Quinton Davids Profile: Position: Second row
Date of birth: 17.08.75
Previous clubs: Western Province and Stormers
International hons: South Africa (5 caps)
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Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.