WELSH wrecking ball Richard Hibbard is determined to become a big hit at Kingsholm as Gloucester build a fearsome pack of old.
The Wales hooker put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Cherry and Whites this week and will cross the border in the summer after a decade at the Ospreys.
He is the third front-row reinforcement, following the signings of Sila Puafisi and John Afoa, as Nigel Davies bids to add steel to next season's pack.
The 30-year-old, who started the British and Irish Lions third Test in July, is a major coup for Gloucester, who fought off interest from a number of English clubs, Toulon and Perpignan.
Hibbard said: "I'm extremely excited to be joining Gloucester. It's such a good club and I've been lucky to play against them many times.
"I just love their style – they're a forward orientated, old school team in a real rugby area. It's not far from home and the fact that it's such a traditional club, with all those values and with such great, passionate supporters really attracts me.
"Nigel really sold his vision to me. He wants a big, strong pack and has real ambition to challenge for silverware.
"I'm really confident we will be able to compete next year and the signing of John (Afoa) just shows how ambitious the club are.
"When I played them they had a big, hard pack of forwards led by the likes of Oliver Azam, so it was a real tough battle.
"The atmosphere really stands out in my memory.
"Kingsholm is a real fortress and I don't think I've won there but hopefully that will change next year
"I got plenty of stick from the crowd but it will be nice to have them on my side next year.
"I've heard props and hookers are the heroes at Kingsholm which is great to hear and hopefully the fans will take to me."
The explosive hooker, who is renowned for his scrummaging prowess, unrelenting physicality and total disregard for his own safety, has established himself as an ever-present feature for Wales this year.
He rocked the Millennium Stadium to its foundations with a bone-crunching tackle on Joe Marler during last season's Six Nations and infamously knocked out George Smith in a collision during the Lions' third Test.
He has continued his fine form in the new campaign and was at the thick of the action in Wales' autumn campaign for which he was named man of the series but faces two weeks on the sidelines after fracturing a small bone in his hand.
Hibbard has vowed to continue putting his body on the line when he pulls on the Cherry and White.
He said: "Hopefully I can bring the same to what I have at the Ospreys – give them more power, lead from the front, bring a presence around the pitch and physicality.
"I base my game on physicality and love those tackles and big hits – that's what happens when you grow up with three older brothers."
Hibbard is already primed to risk the wrath of his future team-mates to protect his trademark blond locks.
As part of initiations new players can chose whether to have their heads shaved or drink eight pints of milk within 20 minutes without being sick.
Hibbard said: "It will be no problem as long as I can have some cookies at the same time."