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.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).