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)
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
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Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.