Gloucester have signed former captain Jake Boer on a short-term contract in bid to cover their depleted forward resources.
Boer, 33, could feature as soon as this weekend after being registered in time for Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash at Biarritz.
Gloucester sent out an SOS to the versatile loose-forward in a bid to ease the injury crisis at Kingsholm.
Boer spent seven years at Gloucester and captained the club to their Powergen Cup triumph in 2003 before returning to South Africa in 2007.
Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath said: “He’s well known to a lot of us at the club and loves Gloucester and he’s potentially going to be a very valuable asset.
“It’s no secret that we’ve had a rough time of it in recent weeks because of injuries and are missing quite a few players.
“We need someone to come in and do a job for us and we could think of no-one better than Jake. He’s been playing in South Africa so is in great physical condition and is raring to go.”