GLOUCESTER have been handed a major boost ahead of their trip to Leicester on Saturday with the news that Mefin Davies is available for selection following international duty with Wales.
Head coach Dean Ryan had it confirmed on Tuesday that he would definitely have his first choice number two for the trip to Welford Road after International Rugby Board regulations stated clubs must release players for three international games in the autumn period, and Wales chose the All Blacks, South Africa and Australia.
Wales are scheduled to play Fiji on Friday and that leaves the way clear for Davies to resume Guinness Premiership action against the Tigers.
"It is outstanding news for us and we are delighted to have a player of Mefin's ability available for selection," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "Mefin is the sort of player who gives us tremendous accuracy in any environment and is someone who doesn't buckle under pressure.
"He knows what it is to function under pressure in a ground like Welford Road and that ability will be very important to us this weekend."
Davies will come back into contention alongside James Parkes, who did an excellent job against Newcastle last Saturday. Ryan will also have Rob Elloway available which gives him plenty of options.
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.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.