Gloucester Rugby have moved to boost their depleted forward resources with the signing of former skipper and Kingsholm favourite Jake Boer on a short term contract.
Missing several first team regulars due to injury at present, Gloucester needed to bring in back row help and have turned to their former captain.
Head Coach Bryan Redpath confirmed today:
"It's no secret that we've had a rough time of it in recent weeks because of injuries and are missing quite a few players."
"We need someone to come in and do a job for us and we could think of no-one better than Jake. He's been playing in South Africa so is in great physical condition and is raring to go."
"He's well known to a lot of us at the club and loves Gloucester and he's potentially going to be a very valuable asset."
Boer, who joined Gloucester in 2000, captained Gloucester between 2002 and 2004 and led the side to victory in the Powergen Cup in 2003.
He was named the Zurich Premiership Player of the Season award in 2003, as well as the Overseas Player of the Year.
He signed off his spell at Kingsholm at the end of the 2006-7 season to return home to South Africa to join Western Province and to pursue business interests having made more than 180 appearances for Gloucester.
At the time of his departure he said:
"It has been an honour and a privilege to have played at such a great club and I would like to think that people will remember me as someone who was able to contribute in anyway to a great club."
Capable of playing in all spots in the back row, he is a line-out option, ball carrier and is always at the top end of the tackle count.
He has been registered for European action and is therefore eligible for this weekend's Heineken Cup fixture against Biarritz.
Date of birth: 1st Nov 1975
Birthplace: Cape Town, S Africa
Height: 1.88 m (6' 2")
Weight: 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.