Gloucester have bolstered their front-row options by signing Scotland hooker Scott Lawson until the end of next season from Sale.
Gloucester lost the services of Ross McMillan to a serious knee injury in pre-season - but the arrival of 16 times capped Lawson will more than compensate.
Lawson, who previously played for Glasgow Warriors and was part of the Scotland World Cup squad, will now compete with Andy Titterrell and Olivier Azam for the No.2 jersey at Kingsholm.
"A position within our squad became available because of injury and Scott is a high-calibre option to be able to bring in at this stage of the season," said Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan.
"Our forward pack is a competitive area and Scott will only add to the depth we can select from. It is a great opportunity for both parties and I am really looking forward to seeing it progress over the coming months.
"It is extremely disappointing to lose a player like Ross but we have moved to replace him with a really good option."
Lawson is now relishing the chance to prove what he can do.
Lawson said: "This is a new chapter in my career and I am looking forward to it. Gloucester are regarded as a hugely go-forward and ambitious club and I want to help play my part in that quest for success.
"I have been given an opportunity by Dean Ryan and I will give it everything I can."