Patrice Collazo will skipper Gloucester's A side tonight
PATRICE COLLAZO will skipper Gloucester's Guinness A League side against London Irish tonight (7.45pm).
The prop will line-up alongside a number of senior players when Mark Cornwell's side face Irish at Kingsholm. Collazo will be joined in the front row by Christian Califano and hooker Ross McMillan, Dan Tuohy and Jonathan Pendlebury will pair up in the second row and there will be an opportunity for Dan Williams at number eight.
In the backs, Mike Prendergast will start at scrum-half, Mark Foster will start at outside centre and James Bailey at full-back. There will also be a chance to see England Under-20s prospect Dan Norton on the wing.
The game is included in the season ticket package and will be £5 for adults and £1 for juniors.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.