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).
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.