GLOUCESTER will go in search of their first ever league win against Bath at the Rec tomorrow and will give Willie Walker the number 10 shirt.
The former Otago Highlander comes into the side in place of Ryan Lamb in one of six changes to the side that lost 20-8 to Leicester last Sunday in the opening round of the Guinness Premiership.
Gloucester have drawn twice at the Rec - in 2002 and 2007 - and Ryan has made three alterations to his backline and forward pack - although not are all of a direct consequence of the defeat against Leicester.
Walker will operate with a new half-back partner in scrum-half Gareth Cooper, while Matthew J Watkins lands the number 13 shirt because of an ankle injury to Anthony Allen. Skipper Mike Tindall moves to the number 12 position.
The back three of James Simpson-Daniel, Olly Morgan and Lesley Vainikolo remains intact.
Up front, hooker Olivier Azam comes in for Andy Titterrell, Alex Brown starts at lock in place of Marco Bortolami and Andy Hazell returns to the openside position for Alasdair Strokosch.
Former Bath centre Olly Barkley was not considered for selection because of a wrist injury.
"I have not made decisions based solely on last weekend," Ryan said. "I have said this week that at the top end of elite sport people are allowed to make mistakes so they can learn from them but this is a process that has been going on for some time.
"We have made some fundamental mistakes that have dented us but we have moved on this week. We are one game into a nine month season but we have had a really positive reaction to last weekend and I cannot ask for any more than that.
"Probably, for the first time in a while, we go to Bath without a level of expectation on us but I believe we are in the right frame of mind to go and produce a performance that we can take forward over the long-term.
"This is a game that carries its own history and rivalry and that is something we will relish."
Props Nick Wood and Carlos Nieto will pack down either side of Azam, while Will James partners Brown at lock. Peter Buxton retains the number six shirt, with Hazell at seven and Luke Narraway at eight.
On the bench, Ryan has again opted for a four-three forward split. Andy Titterrell and Dave Young are the front row options; Marco Bortolami covers lock and Alasdair Strokosch the back row.
Last Sunday's half-back pairing of Rory Lawson and Ryan Lamb are partnered by winger Mark Foster.
GLOUCESTER (v Bath, tomorrow, 2.45pm): Olly Morgan, James Simpson-Daniel, Matthew Watkins, Mike Tindall (capt), Lesley Vainikolo; Willie Walker, Gareth Cooper; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Will James, Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway. Reps: Andy Titterrell, Dave Young, Marco Bortolami, Alasdair Strokosch, Rory Lawson, Ryan Lamb, Mark Foster.
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As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.