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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).