GLOUCESTER will field the same starting XV that beat Bath last Saturday when they face-off against Leicester in the Guinness Premiership semi-final on Sunday at Kingsholm (4.30pm).
Concerns over their injured trio of Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen and Akapusi Qera have eased and all three will feature against the reigning champions.
Tindall limped out of Saturday's 8-6 west country derby win over Bath with an ankle injury, while Allen and Qera have both recovered from shoulder complaints in time to take their place in the side.
"In a defensive performance of last weekend's quality and intensity there were always going to be question marks over certain individuals but we are obviously very pleased everyone has come through," head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"We tried to get most of our preparation and class room work done to give people enough time to recover in the early part of the week because we had some bumps and bruises.
"The play-offs are a brutal environment but we are learning to operate at a higher level and that is what we must remember. Leicester are an outstanding side because they have been in this situation many times before and it will be nothing new to them.
"But we are in a confident frame of mind given the form and results we have produced in the last few weeks and we must take that forward into Sunday.
"It is up to us to go and produce another performance and if we can do that then I am sure we can create a threat."
Gloucester's forwards are made up of loose-head prop Nick Wood, hooker Andy Titterrell and tight-head prop Carlos Nieto.
Marco Bortolami and Alex Brown will partner each other at lock for the sixth time in seven matches, while Alasdair Strokosch will wear number six, Qera - who has scored four tries in the last five matches - will wear seven and Gareth Delve eight.
In the backs, scrum-half Rory Lawson will partner Ryan Lamb at half-back. Anthony Allen and Mike Tindall will be the centre combination and James Simpson-Daniel, Lesley Vainikolo and Iain Balshaw the back three.
Gloucester will make one change from their 22-man squad that beat Bath and that is on the bench. Jack Forster comes into the squad in place of Scotland's Alasdair Dickinson.
Forster's last start was away to Sale Sharks in March and he will be joined by hooker Olivier Azam, lock Will James and number eight Luke Narraway.
In the backs, Ryan has gone for scrum-half Gareth Cooper, utility back Willie Walker and winger Mark Foster.
GLOUCESTER (v Leicester, Kingsholm, Sunday, 4.30pm): Iain Balshaw; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Lesley Vainikolo; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Andy Titterrell, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Gareth Delve. Reps: Olivier Azam, Jack Forster, Will James, Luke Narraway, Gareth Cooper, Willie Walker, Mark Foster.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.