Jeremy Thrush ready for Gloucester challenge

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Lynn McConnell     08 Nov 2015     Getty Images

Having checked in at the club on Friday, he will only travel with the side to Coventry to watch their game on Sunday against Wasps.

"I have had a bit of a whirlwind tour [around the club] but it looks good and I am looking forward to get cracking on with it when I have the chance," he told the club's television channel.

Thrush said he had spent a long time playing his rugby in Wellington and it was refreshing to be somewhere new.

Thrush took two weeks off after the ITM Cup to freshen up but he was looking forward to putting on the Gloucester club's jersey and playing some good rugby.

"The key thing is to make sure I get around and introduce myself to everyone and start feeling a bit more part of the team.

"I missed pre-season so the quicker I can get into it, that will be better for everyone," he said.

Joining Thrush in the side making a late start will be Scotland's World Cup captain Greig Laidlaw, who will share the halfback duties with Willi Heinz, the former Crusaders and Canterbury halfback.

Coach David Humphreys said Heinz had been the side's stand out performer in the season to date.

"The first six weeks of the season were about getting players back in and giving them the opportunity and working on combinations," Humphreys said.

"With Jeremy Thrush coming in and a few players coming back, we are starting to get that depth of squad that we are going to need to compete in both European and Premiership competitions.

"It's hard to know exactly [when Thrush will play]. It's about gauging how is on the back of his games in New Zealand and how to integrate him into the squad.

"He is a top quality player and we want him wearing a Gloucester shirt sooner rather than later. It won't be a case that he needs match fitness and match hardness. He is ready to go and looking forward to playing," he said.