Akapusi Qera, Apo Satala and new signing Seru Rabeni have all been selected in the Fiji squad for the 2009 ANZ Pacific Nations Cup.
Their involvement brings the number of Gloucester players participating in the tournament up to four with Eliota Fuimanono-Sapolu representing Samoa.
The ANZ Pacific Nations Cup is an international round robin competition comprising the test teams of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Japan as well as the Junior All Blacks - who in 2008 were replaced by the New Zealand Maori. Australia A who participated in 2007 and 2008 have withdrawn from the competition.
Like the Pacific Rugby Cup, the ANZ Pacific Nations Cup is a key component of the IRB's £48m million Strategic Investment initiative and is designed to provide the Pacific Island Nations and Japan with regular high level competition, whilst offering the next generation All Blacks a stage on which they can stake their claim for Test honours.
The tournament structure for 2009 ANZ Pacific Nations Cup has been condensed with the five rounds being played over three weeks. The first round will be played in Samoa and Tonga, with the remainder of the Tournament being played in Fiji.
Graham Dewes, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Viliame Seuseu, Sikeli Gavidi, Sunia Koto, Viliame Veikoso, Kalaveti Tawake, Netani Talei, Sakiusa Matadigo, Semisi Naevo, Akapusi Qera, Sisa Koyamaibole, Apolosi Satala, Volau Bola, James Brown, Setefano Somoca, Jone Railomo, Saula Qalomai, Sean Morrell, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Kele Leawere, Langi Peters, Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu, Josefa Domolailai, Ralulu Robanakadavu, Aca Ratuva, Anthony Wise, Vereniki Sauturaga, Christopher Maka.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).