It's an arrangment that will benefit both parties with Edinburgh gaining a highly promising young prop and Knight gaining experience in a different league.
It's not the first time that he has played in a different country in order to further his rugby education. Following the 2010 Junior World Cup in Argentina,
he spent four months representing Counties Manakau in New Zealand's professional domestic ITM Cup (formerly the NPC) before returning to Gloucester.
Michael Bradley confirmed today:
"With our entire first-string front-row with the Scotland squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Shaun [Knight] provides invaluable cover during a crucial six-week period of the Rugby World Cup.
"He is a very talented young athlete with a bright future in the front-row and has displayed, in his performances for England under-20, New Zealand and Gloucester, experience, talent and grit, beyond his years. I'm certain he will be an asset for Edinburgh Rugby in this short but critical time.
"I'd like to thank Gloucester's rugby operations manager John Brain for his help in facilitating this mutually beneficial loan."
Shaun himself added:
"I found out that Edinburgh Rugby wanted a tight-head and jumped at the chance to get some game time in the RaboDirect PRO12 and play a high standard of rugby for a well-known team.
"Every young prop wants to develop their scrummaging against experienced front-rows so this loan spell gives me the chance to take on some real quality, and even international, players. I also like to handle the ball which is perfect because I know that Edinburgh Rugby play an expansive game."