GLOUCESTER'S South African second row Quinton Davids is set to make his debut for the club in the Guinness A League fixture against London Irish on Monday.
The former Springbok star will get his first taste of action as he begins the road to full match fitness and a first team debut later on in the season.
But speaking to www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk on Wednesday, the 8-times capped lock cannot wait to get started. "I want to get myself match fit and then get some game time.
"I don't think my fitness levels are below what they should be but I only played one game in South Africa so I just want the opportunity to play some rugby.
"To be honest, I didn't speak with any South Africans before I came to England - it was my own decision. It was a time for me to learn new things, to deal with new players, coaches and teams and I wanted to experience rugby in a different part of the world.
"I am in a whole new environment and I have to prove myself to get into the team. I would obviously like to make a difference to the side but that will come in time. I doubt I will play for South Africa ever again - I am here at Gloucester and here to learn."
Davids has signed a one-year deal with Dean Ryan's side with the option of an extension if he impresses. The 29-year-old will add serious power to the Gloucester scrum and is also a renowned ball carrier.
He will combine with Alex Brown, Mark Cornwell and Adam Eustace in the engine room of the Kingsholm pack and if he comes through Monday's game, could feature in the first team by the end of the month.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.