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.
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.