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."
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