GLOUCESTER'S Adam Balding has joined Guinness Premiership side Leeds Carnegie on a three-month loan deal, starting today.
The number eight, who has made two appearances this season - one from the bench in the Guinness Premiership and one start in the EDF Energy Cup - will be part of the Leeds effort until the end of February.
"It is important our players get regular exposure in high-quality competition and the opportunity to be involved with Leeds is a great chance for Adam to gain demonstrate his form," said Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan.
"Our back row is an incredibly competitive area and we want players fighting for the right to break into it. I think this is good move for him in the short-term."
Balding joined Gloucester in 2004 and ended that season as stand-in captain. In total, he has so far made 105 Premiership appearances for Leicester and Gloucester.
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.