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."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.