GLOUCESTER will launch themselves into a Guinness Premiership derby against Worcester Warriors tomorrow and welcome back two key members of Dean Ryan's squad.
Both Alex Brown and Olly Morgan return to the starting line-up following injuries and will be part of a vastly different team from the one that lost to Sale in the last round of matches.
Brown comes back following surgery on a fractured jaw sustained against Harlequins and will partner Marco Bortolami at lock.
But the return of Morgan is even more significant. The England full-back has been out of action since Gloucester's 31-7 Heineken Cup victory over Bourgoin in December because of a dislocated shoulder and has not played since.
"Obviously, we have missed Olly's contribution in the squad since his injury because he is a very good player," said head coach Dean Ryan. "We are approaching the end of the season; we have players back who have operated in different playing environments during the Six Nations and also from injury so we must kick on now.
"Guys like Morgan and Alex Brown will play key roles between now and the end of the season and it is great to have them back for what is such an important game tomorrow.
"This is something we are looking forward to - there has been real focus this week."
In total, there are 12 changes to the team that lost 22-16 to the Sharks. Only loose-head prop Nick Wood, hooker Andy Titterrell and Akapusi Qera retain their places - although Qera moves to the openside flank to accommodate Luke Narraway at number eight.
Alongside Wood and Titterrell, Carlos Nieto returns at tight-head. Skipper Bortolami returns at lock alongside Brown and he will make his first start since Gloucester's defeat against Bristol in February.
Alasdair Strokosch, one of Scotland's stand-out performers in the Six Nations, starts at six, Qera moves to seven and Narraway comes in at eight.
"We have options available and have selected the side accordingly to fit this specific fixture - nothing more than that," Ryan said. "The focus has been really good this week - we are not looking at anything else other than tomorrow's game and have put a group together we believe will be very competitive.
"Not only are Worcester hugely competitive but when they play some rugby are a huge threat - it should be a cracking contest.
"Considering the disruption we have faced over the last seven or eight weeks to be in a play-off place is testament to the squad and we must build on that now."
In the backs, only Anthony Allen retains his place from the defeat at Sale. Scrum-half Rory Lawson comes in and will partner Ryan Lamb at half-back. Lamb has not started since Gloucester's 28-20 win over Newcastle at the end of February because of a shoulder injury.
Alongside Allen, James Simpson-Daniel will move into the centre and look to add to his six tries in 12 Guinness Premiership appearances this season.
With Morgan's return to the back three, Iain Balshaw switches to the wing and Lesley Vainikolo will complete the line-up.
On the bench, Jeremy Paul and Alasdair Dickinson are the front row options; Will James will cover lock and Gareth Delve number eight.
The back replacements are scrum-half Gareth Cooper, utility back Willie Walker and Scotland international Chris Paterson.
GLOUCESTER (v Worcester, tomorrow 3pm): Olly Morgan; Iain Balshaw, James Simpson-Daniel, Anthony Allen, Lesley Vainikolo; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Andy Titterrell, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway. Reps: Jeremy Paul, Alasdair Dickinson, Will James, Gareth Delve, Gareth Cooper, Willie Walker, Chris Paterson.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.