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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.