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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.