RYAN LAMB and Alex Brown are the key names returning to Gloucester's starting line-up for tomorrow's Kingsholm clash against Newcastle (3pm).
Stand-off Lamb, who is only three points shy of 100 in the Premiership this season, returns after damaging a shoulder on England Saxons duty earlier this month.
His last appearance was against Wasps at the end of January when he kicked all six penalties in Gloucester's 18-17 victory.
The return of Brown is also significant - it will be his 150th Premiership appearance and his first in a Gloucester shirt since breaking a bone in his fore-arm against the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup on January 12.
It will be his 15th appearance in all competitions this season and he will partner Will James at lock in a team that shows eight changes from the one that lost 29-26 to Bristol last Sunday.
Nick Wood is the only remaining member of the front row that started at the Memorial Stadium. Hooker Jeremy Paul is replaced by Andy Titterrell and Jack Forster comes in for his second Premiership start of the season on the tight-head in place of Carlos Nieto.
James and Brown have operated together once this season already - against Sale in October - and they will form the second row.
There is one change in the back row and that allows Peter Buxton to come in on the blindside flank, Luke Narraway moves to number eight because Gareth Delve is on international duty and Andy Hazell wears seven.
"Everyone has accepted responsibility for what went wrong last weekend and we want to produce a reaction," said head coach Dean Ryan. "We lacked the foundations of what we are trying to achieve as a group against Bristol and we need to ensure they are in place against Newcastle.
"I think everyone understands where the frustration came from and we have used it as a wake-up call. We need to justify our reaction from last week with a performance tomorrow and we are keen to produce that.
"We are learning all the time and we want to get back to producing the sort of performances we know can threaten the best in the Premiership - if we can do that we are a good side."
In the backline, Ryan has also made changes because of international call-ups. Gareth Cooper will partner Lamb at half-back, while Anthony Allen and Jack Adams, both try scorers against Bristol, will be the centre combination.
Willie Walker, who was a second half replacement, starts at full-back in place of Iain Balshaw and Mark Foster comes onto the wing in place of Lesley Vainikolo. James Simpson-Daniel will wear the number 14 shirt.
"This is a period of time when managing the squad is important and we will see some players tomorrow who have not had much game-time," Ryan added.
"But they have already shown a hunger and desire to produce performances and that is what we are seeking. Newcastle will obviously be without some pretty key individuals but they are good side, make no mistake about that, and are currently on a very good run of form.
"They will be hugely enthusiastic and competitive and we need to be ready for that."
On the bench, hooker Olivier Azam returns to the squad and will be joined by prop Christian Califano, lock Jonathan Pendlebury and flanker Akapusi Qera, who has not played since his two-try performance against Ulster in January because of an infected cut on his hand.
Scrum-half Mike Prendergast comes into the squad and will be joined by centre Ali James and winger James Bailey.
GLOUCESTER (v Newcastle, tomorrow, 3pm): Willie Walker, James Simpson-Daniel, Jack Adams, Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Ryan Lamb, Gareth Cooper; Nick Wood, Andy Titterrell; Jack Forster, Will James, Alex Brown, Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway. Reps: Olivier Azam, Christian Califano, Jonathan Pendlebury, Akapusi Qera, Mike Prendergast, Ali James, James Bailey.
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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.
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.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.