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)
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.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
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).