Gloucester Rugby have appointed Luke Anthony as their new assistant physiotherapist to complete their medical back room staff for the 2005/6 season.
Anthony joins the Kingsholm club from Watford Football Club after spending seven years at Vicarage Road, three of which were as senior physiotherapist to Ray Lewington's side.
He will bring with him plenty of experience after completing his degree at King's College London and he will work directly alongside head physio Richard Mack and fitness coach Mike Anthony, conditioning assistant Barny Allen and sports therapist Kim Owen.
During his time at Watford, Anthony helped establish an injury prevention programme and a new medical record system. At Gloucester, he will provide direct and clinical care to the playing squad alongside Mack and Anthony.
Head coach Dean Ryan said of the appointment: "It's vital that the support structure behind the squad is of an excellent standard and the appointment of Luke is a key addition for us.
"Luke has already worked in a top class sporting environment and that experience can only be of a huge benefit to the club."
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).