GLOUCESTER will look to consolidate their Guinness Premiership play-off position when they host Leeds Carnegie at Kingsholm and head coach Dean Ryan has made changes to the line-up that beat Saracens last weekend.
Alasdair Dickinson will make his first Guinness Premiership start at loose-head prop in place of Nick Wood and Olivier Azam returns at hooker. It will be the Frenchman's first start since Gloucester's 30-25 defeat against Harlequins in March.
Will James comes in at lock for Alex Brown following a series of high energy performances from the bench and he will partner skipper Marco Bortolami.
There is also a change in the back row where Gareth Delve starts at number eight in place of Luke Narraway. Delve, a powerful contributor in Gloucester's 39-15 win over Saracens, starts his first game since defeat against Bristol in February.
The only other change comes at scrum-half where Gareth Cooper will partner Ryan Lamb at half-back.
"We have taken on and appreciated some lessons in the last fortnight and we now know that if we make mistakes we will get punished in the coming weeks," said Ryan.
"Complacency will not be a problem - we cannot afford it to be when there is so much at stake at this stage of the season. There were certain parts of the season where I would have liked us to cope better but we are in a good position and it's our job to strengthen it.
"It has been a bruising few weeks, the games have been of huge intensity, but we need to retain our focus and determination and put together another good performance - it is in our hands."
Alongside Dickinson and Azam, Carlos Nieto will start at tight-head. In the back row, Alasdair Strokosch and Akapusi Qera will line-up alongside Delve at number eight. Qera scored Gloucester's second try last weekend in the victory over Sarries.
Outside Cooper, Ryan Lamb will start at number 10 following his 19-point haul last weekend. Mike Tindall will start at inside centre alongside James Simpson-Daniel in the outside centre position.
Iain Balshaw, Willie Walker Walker and Lesley Vainikolo - who has nine tries in nine Guinness Premiership games this season - complete the back three.
There are also changes on the bench. Hooker Andy Titterrell is joined by prop Jack Forster, lock Alex Brown moves to the bench and the forwards are completed by Peter Buxton, who returns to the squad.
Scrum-half Rory Lawson, stand-off Chris full-back and full-back Olly Morgan returns following a hamstring injury.
"It is up to us to get the foundations of our game right first and foremost and if we can do that then we can be a threat," Ryan added.
"We have had the group back together for a few weeks now and we are building some momentum at the right time. We have to carry it forward tomorrow."
Gloucester will do their bit for Breast Cancer Care tomorrow in the Tackled Pink weekend across the Guinness Premiership.
Women can purchase tickets for all the games at a special price of £15, with £4.25 of every ticket going directly to Breast Cancer Care.
At the games themselves referees will be dressed in pink, Saracens will be playing in pink, and fans are encouraged to turn themselves pink for the occasion.
Gloucester will decorate the stadium with pink flowers; balloons and ribbons, there will be a jewellery stand in the Shogun bar, a chance to win a signed Gloucester ball in a competition, Express Pink manicures will be offering their services before the game and there will also be a chance to meet some of the senior players.
At half-time, four ladies will race around the pitch to help raise awareness for the campaign.
"This campaign is a Premiership-wide initiative and it is hugely important we play our part in raising awareness for Tackled Pink," said Gloucester's head of sales and marketing Pete Grzonka.
"We hope as many people as possible come and support this event and at the same time see some top quality Guinness Premiership rugby. Hopefully, we can use our position within the community to raise awareness for this fantastic cause as much as possible."
Special pink cocktails will be served in the bars and all ladies tickets anywhere in the stadium are priced at £15.
GLOUCESTER (v Leeds Carnegie, tomorrow, 3pm): Willie Walker; Iain Balshaw, James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Lesley Vainikolo; Ryan Lamb, Gareth Cooper; Alasdair Dickinson, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Will James, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Gareth Delve. Reps: Andy Titterrell, Jack Forster, Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Rory Lawson, Chris Paterson, Olly Morgan.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
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.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
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.