Fijian back row forward, Apo Satala, who made a big impression in his first season at Gloucester, has committed to another season at Kingsholm.
Satala has had an interesting rugby career to date. As an infantryman in the Royal Scots, he has been a regular in Army and Combined Services rugby and played a key role in the Army's recent victory in the annual fixture with the Navy at Twickenham.
He has just finished playing in the Royal Scots Sevens in Edinburgh and will be on duty for the Army Sevens side in the Rome Sevens in a couple of weeks where the Army will be defending their title before heading off to represent Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup!
After a spell with Leeds Carnegie, Satala linked up with Gloucester in September 2008 having impressed during preseason and in a number of A League games.
At the time Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Dean Ryan said:
"We have been hugely impressed by Apo since his involvement with us. We naturally have a lot of quality across our back row and Apo will only add to that."
And the big back rower went on to more than justify his signing as he made 22 appearances in total in 2008-9, scoring two tries in the process, and quickly became a popular figure with the Kingsholm faithful thanks to his powerful ball carrying and committed defence.
The arrangement with the Army means that Apo will still be available for key Army fixtures and Ryan acknowledged his ongoing gratitude to them:
"I would like to thank the Army for their continuing co-operation in allowing this deal to happen. Apo has quickly become a key member of our squad."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.