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.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.