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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).