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)
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.