GLOUCESTER will go in search of their second successive Guinness A League victory tonight when they face Saracens away.
Mark Cornwell's side launched their campaign with victory at Sale last weekend and the coach is able to call on the services of Ryan Lamb tonight.
He will wear the number 10 shirt in a half-back partnership with Dave Lewis. There are also places for Freddie Burns, Johnny May, Henry Trinder and Mark Foster.
In the forwards, new signing Scott Lawson gets an opportunity at hooker alongside props Alasdair Dickinson and Dave Young. Apo Satala and Joe Kava are again named in the back row.
Gloucester start their home A league campaign against Leicester at Kingsholm next Monday (7.45pm). The game ins included in the season ticket package.
GLOUCESTER (V Saracens tonight): Dan Norton; Henry Trinder, Johnny May, Freddie Burns, Mark Foster, Ryan Lamb, Dave Lewis; Alasdair Dickinson, Scott Lawson, David Young, Danny Wright, Dan Williams, Joe Kava, Apo Satala, Andres Pretorius. Reps: Yann Thomas, Adrian Duncan, Guy Thompson, Jed Hooper, Jordi Pasqualin, Tristan Roberts, Jack Adams.
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).