Gloucester Rugby's former All Black fly half Carlos Spencer has played against the Australians, the old foe as he calls them, quite a few times in his career so knows what a big deal the November 3rd fixture is.
Carlos, who only returned last weekend from a toe injury suffered in preseason, took time out from training this week to look ahead to next week's fixture against Australia (Tuesday November 3rd, kick off 7:45pm) with the club website.
"I've played against the Australians quite a few times so I know that it's pretty exciting for Gloucester as a club and also the fans to get Aussie here."
"We've obviously been focussing on the Guinness Premiership and the Heineken Cup up to this point as they are our main focus but the game against Aussie is just around the corner now and there's a bit of a buzz about it."
"It's a great opportunity for our supporters to see an international side in action here at Kingsholm, particularly one as well known as the Aussies."
Carlos, of course, has been based in England for some time having played for Northampton Saints before joining Gloucester so joked that he can barely remember his own games against them!
"My games against them seem quite a long time ago now! But any game between New Zealand and Australia is memorable. It's always a big game for the All Blacks against the old foe."
"But, it'll be a particularly special occasion for the younger guys in particular, the guys who have yet to play at international level. They'll be raring to go when the game comes around."
"They'll be wanting to put in a good performance. In fact we all will. Aussie are a big team and we don't want to be wasting their time. We'll be showing them a bit of respect and giving them a bit of respect which they'll need before they take on England."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).