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 after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.
Mariano Galarza and Ross Moriarty are both back from injury as Gloucester entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday, kick off 3pm). Willi Heinz will skipper the side from scrum-half.