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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).