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.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
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.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.