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)
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.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.