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."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).