JACK ADAMS has begun the long road to recovery from his cruciate ligament injury after undergoing successful knee surgery last week.
The Gloucester centre was operated on in Chelsea last Wednesday by specialist Andy Williams and already has his sights set on returning to limited forms of training as soon as possible.
Adams, a hugely gifted back from St Peter's school, suffered the injury during Gloucester's A League defeat against Saracens a fortnight ago when he twisted badly that means he will be out of rugby for up to nine months.
But he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk that he already has movement back in his right knee. "The doctor told me it went really well and I already have a lot of range in my leg," he said. "I cannot do anything for the next couple of weeks as the swelling comes down but I hope to be back in the gym as soon as possible.
"I am trying to stay positive - there is no point thinking the worst - and I am just looking forward to getting back in the gym with the lads and doing some training."
The surgery involved taking part of his hamstring and threading it through to the injury so it acts as the new ligament. He also had a cartilage tear stitched at the same time.
"The doctor was pleased with the way it went so I have just to look forward now," he said.
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.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.