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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.