James Forrester will skipper Gloucester's A side tonight.
JAMES FORRESTER will skipper Gloucester's Guinness A team tonight when they start their campaign away to Sale Jets.
The number eight will lead a talented side that will also include trialists Apo Satala and Joe Cava.
They will start at seven and six respectively as coach Mark Cornwell also includes winger Mark Foster and prop Alasdair Dickinson.
Freddie Burns, who joined Gloucester in the summer from Bath, gets the nod out inside centre alongside Jonny May, while Dan Norton, Tristan Roberts and Henry Trinder complete the three-quarter line-up.
Up front, Dan Williams moves into the second row and there is also a place for prop Yann Thomas.
GLOUCESTER (v Sale Jets): Dan Norton; Mark Foster, Jonny May, Freddie Burns, Henry Trinder; Tristan Roberts, Dave Lewis; Yann Thomas, Adrian Duncan, Alasdair Dickinson, Andres Pretorious, Dan Williams, Joe Cava, Apo Satala, James Forrester (capt). Reps: Chris Hall, Shaun Knight, Danny Wright, Jed Hooper, Jordi Pasqualin, Charlie Simpson-Daniel, Jack Adams.
Gloucester will continue their A League campaign away to Saracens next Monday. Their first home game will be against Leicester on Monday, September 22 (7.45), before they host Sale at home on Monday, October 6 (7.45). Their last home game will be against Saracens on Monday, January 12. Venues to be confirmed.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.