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.
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.