Many of their new Gloucester Rugby team mates may have reported back for preseason training already but Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and Seru Rabeni have been in Pacific Nations Cup action.
The Junior All Blacks retained their title this past weekend without even playing as Samoa's defeat at the hands of Fiji means that the New Zealanders cannot be caught.
Eliota played fly half in Samoa's crucial 14-19 defeat against Fiji having started at inside centre in the games against the Junior All Blacks and Japan, the first a 16-17 defeat and the second a 34-15 victory.
Meanwhile, Seru Rabeni has skippered Fiji in their first two matches, a 36-22 win over Tonga and a 45-17 defeat against the Junior All Blacks.
Fiji have one game remaining - against Japan in Suve next weekend.
Samoa's Pacific Nations Cup is over. However, they face two World Cup qualifying matches in the next couple of weeks.
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.
Gloucester Rugby welcomed back a set of returning internationals at the start of this week, and one of them, James Hook is pleased to be back, and ready to get back to business in a Cherry and White shirt.
After the huge success of the Darts evening in March, Gloucester Rugby and events sponsors Worthington's are pleased to present an evening with Darts Legends Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, Bobby George and Wayne Mardle hosted by Russ Bray on Tuesday 9 December.