GLOUCESTER will welcome back flanker Peter Buxton and prop Carlos Nieto for tomorrow's west country derby against Bath at the Rec (8pm).
Buxton will return to the blindside flank in place of Alasdair Strokosch and Nieto comes in at tight-head in two changes in Dean Ryan's forward pack as Gloucester go on the hunt for their first ever away win on the banks of the Avon.
Strokosch, who was named as the Guinness Premiership's player of the month for December, moves to the bench to accommodate Buxton, while Patrice Collazo comes into the squad in place of Christian Califano.
There are still no places for Gareth Delve (knee), Iain Balshaw (gashed knee) and Andy Titterrell (shoulder) as Gloucester prepare for their second successive local derby following their 27-0 win over Bristol last Saturday.
"We have given ourselves a great start in the Premiership and in Europe and over the next six or seven games we have to consolidate that," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"There is a deep understanding of what we want to achieve in the long-term and we are beginning to see the results of keeping the group together and a development process that is another 12 months further along.
"Both teams are in good form and at the top of the league. We appreciate the significance of this game but we have a series of important matches over the next month."
Nick Wood and Olivier Azam will pack down alongside Nieto in the front row, Marco Bortolami and Alex Brown will be the second row combination, while Buxton, Akapusi Qera and Luke Narraway form the back row.
Gloucester's backline also remains the same which means Rory Lawson starts at number nine and will partner Ryan Lamb at half-back.
Mike Tindall has recovered from a calf injury that forced him off in the 12th minute last Saturday and will be alongside Anthony Allen against his former club.
Because of Balshaw's knee injury, Willie Walker retains the number 15 shirt and will be partnered by wingers James Simpson-Daniel and Lesley Vainikolo, who is the Premiership's leading scorer with seven tries.
On the bench, Jeremy Paul retains his place because of Titterrell's injury, Collazo comes into the squad and will be joined by Will James and Strokosch.
Mike Prendergast, Chris Paterson and Leon Lloyd, who scored twice against Bristol, are the three-quarter options.
GLOUCESTER (v Bath, tomorrow 8pm): Willie Walker; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Lesley Vainikolo; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway. Reps: Jeremy Paul, Patrice Collazo, Will James, Alasdair Strokosch, Mike Prendergast, Chris Paterson, Leon Lloyd.
THE game will be shown live in the Star Suite at Kingsholm tomorrow night from 7pm.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.