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)
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.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
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).