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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.