Gloucester Rugby today boosted their back row resources with the signing of former Welsh international Nathan Thomas on a short term loan.
Thomas, 33, will bring massive experience to the Gloucester pack counting the Scarlets, Leeds Tykes, Cardiff Blues, Bath Rugby, Bridgend and Neath as his former clubs in addition to winning 9 caps for Wales.
His signing comes at an opportune time for Gloucester with Andy Hazell ruled out until the New Year with a hamstring injury and Luke Narraway still a few weeks away from a return following preseason back surgery.
In addition, Alasdair Strokosch is currently on Scotland international duty whilst Akapusi Qera and Apo Satala have linked up with the Fiji squad.
Thomas, a Heineken Cup winner in his time at Bath, is currently combining coaching duties with Masters studies at Hartpury College, and has been training with Gloucester since the start of November.
Thomas has been registered to play and is available for Gloucester's next Guinness Premiership fixture - at home to Leicester Tigers on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm).
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.