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."
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
Last Friday night saw Gloucester Rugby Head of Community Adam Balding present a cheque for £7082.82 to the Royal British Legion as a result of a series of fundraising during the Remembrance Period in November.
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.