Terry Fanolua and Andy Hazell returned to training this week as Gloucester continue the build-up to their final Zurich Premiership game against Saracens at Kingsholm on Saturday 30 April (kick off 3pm).
Both Fanolua and Hazell have missed the last two defeats against Leeds and Sale Sharks, and will give director of rugby Nigel Melville and coach Dean Ryan a big boost as preparations continue for the last league game of the regular season.
Fanolua has struggled with a back injury in recent weeks, and Hazell has been recovering from a knock to the head he picked up in the win over London Irish at the end of March.
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The return of Fanolua could also mean Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae back in the number 10 shirt against Saracens. McRae missed the last Premiership outing when Kiwi Nathan Mauger filled in for Fanolua and the overseas ruling meant the former South Wales Waratahs half-back started from the bench.
Marcel Garvey also missed the trip to Sale 10 days ago, and has been involved in non-contact work this week, with a hope to return to contact training next week.
Phil Vickery is still taking it day-by-day with regards to the healing process of his broken bone in his arm, and the Kingsholm coaching staff will continue to monitor his progress going into next week.
Talking this week, Vickery said: "The arm has to be right before I go back out there for a Premiership game. I'm in constant communication with the physios and keeping up with the non-contact training. We can't say yes or no at the moment as to whether the Saracens game is a realistic target, hopefully next week we'll know more."
Wing Seti Kiole has had a week of recovery after injuring his shoulder against the Sharks, and along with Vickery and Garvey will be first to attend the physio's clinic as the preparations continues next week.
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.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.
Having defeated Connacht Rugby in dramatic fashion in the first play-off for the final spot in the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup, Gloucester Rugby can confirm ticketing details for next Sunday's game against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways.
Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and move on to next weekend's European Champions Cup final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles after a dramatic extra time win over a valiant Connacht side.