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.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).