Hooker Ben Phillips has joined Gloucester Rugby on a short term contract until the end of the year.
Phillips started the season with Birmingham & Solihull but has been training with Gloucester for the past couple of weeks and started the last two A League games.
With Olivier Azam currently serving a 12 week ban and Scott Lawson set for Autumn international duty with Scotland in the coming weeks, Gloucester's front row resources were looking stretched and Phillips has impressed in the short time he has been with the club confirmed Head Coach Bryan Redpath.
"It's not easy for any player to come in once the season is underway and make an impression but Ben has done well."
"He'll join us initially until Christmas which is when Olivier is set to return and we'll reassess the situation at that point."
Phillips himself admitted that he's looking to make the most of the next few weeks.
"It's been a strange season. It was a difficult situation at Birmingham & Solihull with the money issues and the chance to train with Gloucester came at the perfect time."
"I've enjoyed my time at the club to date. It's a fantastic set up and a great set of lads and I'm hoping to do myself justice over the next couple of months and see how it goes from there."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).