Key man Danny Cipriani Best signing Jaco Kriel Rising star Tom Hudson
Best-case scenario Gloucester have the squad to gatecrash the play-offs and the talent, especially when Jaco Kriel and Franco Mostert are available, to beat anyone in this competition. Johan Ackermann has had a year to establish his ideas. Now he can kick on.
Worst-case scenario A couple of front-row injuries, eminently possible with Champions Cup fixtures back on the agenda, would severely test Gloucester’s depth. CM
Ins Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Ruan Dreyer (Lions), Todd Gleave (London Irish), Gerbrandt Grobler (Munster), Tom Hudson (Academy), Jaco Kriel (Lions), Franco Marais (Lions), Franco Mostert (Lions), Will Safe (Academy)
Outs John Afoa (Bristol Bears), Billy Burns (Ulster), Tom Denton (Ealing Trailfinders), David Halaifonua (Coventry), Richard Hibbard (Dragons), Motu Matu’u (London
Irish), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Cameron Orr (Western Force), Jacob Rowan (released), Andy Symons (Northampton Saints), Jeremy Thrush (Western Force)