GLOUCESTER'S utility back Willie Walker has joined Guinness Premiership rivals Worcester Warriors on loan until the end of the season.
Walker will join the Sixways club following the arrival of Carlos Spencer, who joined the Kingsholm club last week on a 17-month contract.
He has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and has scored tries against Bath in the Guinness Premiership and Wasps in the EDF Energy Cup.
Since he made his debut in 2006, Walker has made 64 appearances and has scored six tries.
"Willie is an outstanding professional and has made a significant contribution to us this season," said head coach Dean Ryan.
"He is versatile enough to be deployed in a number of positions and has been a valuable asset to the club since he joined three seasons ago.
"But the arrival of Carlos Spencer is likely to restrict his opportunities in the coming weeks and for that reason we feel it is prudent to look at this loan arrangement until the end of the season, where I am sure he will be a success at Worcester."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.