Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's EDF Energy Cup final, Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Dean Ryan stressed that he would allow key injured players as long as possible to recover.
Centre Mike Tindall and winger Iain Balshaw have both been absent in recent weeks and Ryan, when asked about their status, stated that he will leave a decision until the last possible minute but won't risk long term fitness for short term gain.
Quizzed about Tindall initially:
I think it'll be a late call. He's rehabbing. He is getting better, but it will be a late call."
"Balshaw's probably the same as Tins. If at all, it'll be a late call. He's been rehabbing for most of the week and, if either Tindall or Balshaw are accelerated in any way, then they've got a chance for the weekend."
"We'll give both players as long as possible to be available."
"It does affect preparation. With someone like Tindall, I don't think we've ever been in a final or a playoff final with him."
"He's hugely influential to us and the merits of him dropping in on a Friday or a Saturday certainly outweigh any disruption."
"We wouldn't do it with everybody but certainly, for someone of Tindall's influence, we would."
"He's a key decision maker in whichever side he plays, whether that be England or Gloucester. So, we'll leave it as long as possible before we have to make that call."
"But, we're not going to take risks with people going into this game when we look at the magnitude of the Guinness Premiership games to come."
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Monday evening saw Freddie Clarke in A League action against Exeter, Saturday saw him make his Aviva Premiership debut. And both games resulted in wins! Freddie spoke to GRTV after the 39-30 win over Sale.
Speaking to the local media this week, back row Ross Moriarty spoke of the squad's determination to cut out mistakes, and get a composed performance in as they host Sale Sharks at Kingsholm on Saturday.
Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell is expecting a tough test this weekend against a Sale Sharks side who have been playing some good rugby in recent weeks, but told the local media this week that the whole squad are determined to finish the season as positively as possible.
Billy Burns will get the headlines for his 16 point haul, but it was a team of heroes who went to La Rochelle and fought like demons to secure a magnificent 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win on Saturday evening.
Gloucester Rugby welcome back scrum-halves Willi Heinz and Greig Laidlaw to the matchday squad as they make five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final against Stade Rochelais.
Charlie Beckett and Tom Hudson have been regulars in the Gloucester United side that's competed in the Aviva Premiership A League this season and are hoping to be involved in the semi-final against Wasps on Monday evening at Kingsholm, kick off 7:30pm.