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.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.