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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