Gloucester Rugby Club has signed French prop Patrice Collazo on a three-year contract that will see the front row man return to the Kingsholm club in the summer.
The 30 year-old loose-head has been part of the successful Toulouse side over the last two years, playing a key role in their current championship campaign.
The 6ft 2" prop joined Gloucester for his first spell in the summer of 2001, after five years with Begles Bordeaux, and spent just over a season with the Premiership side, before moving back to France in September 2002.
During his time at Kingsholm he made 23 Premiership appearances, and three more in the Zurich Championship play-offs, including a final win over Bristol at Twickenham, shortly after Nigel Melville first arrived at the Club.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "Patrice is a top quality prop and loose-head is one of the positions we had identified as a target for next season. He knows people here and we're well aware of his strengths, and I know he'll add that something special to our front row for next season."
Collazo, who has one French cap from 2000, joins England World Cup winner Mike Tindall as Gloucester continue their recruitment plans for the new campaign.
The two new signings join a host of current players who have already signed up for the Club's future, including Welsh Grand Slam hooker Mefin Davies, Alex Brown, England open-side Andy Hazell, Peter Buxton, Adam Eustace, Terry Sigley and international Phil Vickery, as well as young England U19s centre Anthony Allen.
Patrice Collazo Profile: Position: Prop
Date of birth: 27.04.74
Place of birth: La Seyne-sur-Mer
Height: 6ft 1" (1.85cm)
Weight: 242lbs (109.8kg)
Previous clubs: Toulouse (Oct 2002-2005), Gloucester (2001-2002), Begles Bordeaux (1996-2001)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).