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 Australia A who participated in 2007 and 2008 have withdrawn from the competition.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 GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.