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Thrush ready for Leicester clash

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    30 Jan 2016     Getty Images

The former All Black and Hurricanes lock will see his side go up against the top-ranked Leicester team at their home ground at Kingsholm.

In seven appearances Thrush has quickly won over the Gloucester faithful as a result of the leadership he has provided in the pack.

"I don't have too much history of what the big games are but from what I've heard, Leicester at Kingsholm is massive," he told the Gloucester Citizen.

"It's one I'm looking forward to but every game so far has been pretty exciting because it's a whole new environment, a different competition – it's been brilliant and part of the reason I came here," he said.

Having had a two-week break during European Challenge Cup games, he now faces 10 games in succession in the Premiership.

While Gloucester have won six of six in the Challenge Cup, their last Premiership game saw a poor loss to Exeter.

"The positive note from Exeter is the fight we showed and the character to come back, put pressure on them and almost come away with a point or more.

"Over here there is more emphasis on it and I really enjoy that. If you don't enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting into it as a tight forward you're in the wrong position.

"You need to learn pretty quickly and adapt to the style that teams play, how we play and how we want to play. I was rolling with the punches at first but now I understand a lot more about what we want to achieve, how we want to play and about other teams' strengths," he said.

"A lot of boys like myself have now come back in and are feeling fresh and ready to go.

"Leicester are pretty sharp and the way they play is a bit different to other teams over here. They have a bit of influence from a Kiwi coach [Aaron Mauger] so try and put a bit of width on their game, play expansive and stretch defences but they still have a pretty good rolling maul and set-piece," he said.