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.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.