JAKE BOER will make his return from a knee injury for Gloucester in Sunday's inaugural National Charity 10s tournament at Clifton RFC.
The South African flanker has been out of action since Gloucester's Guinness Premiership defeat against Bath in February but he hopes to form part of the Kingsholm squad alongside other senior players Marcel Garvey, Rudi Keil, Rob Thirlby, James Merriman, James Parkes, Jon Goodridge and Rob Elloway for the event in Bristol.
Gloucester are in a pool with Wasps, Harlequins and Leinster, while Bristol, Bath and the PROPS Barbarians side make up the other pool.
The pool games are 10 minutes each way and the final is 12 minutes each way. Academy manager Mark Hewitt told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Our aim is to take a strong squad and it would be great if Jake Boer could be part of that.
"There are a number of senior players who will take part for us and it is something we are very much looking forward to.
"I am sure clubs like Bath and Bristol will also name strong squads and although it's for the PROPS charity, we want to progress as far as we can."
The tournament starts at 12pm and the Gloucester squad is: Rob Elloway, James Parkes, James Merriman, Jake Boer, Will Matthews, Mark Davies, Brad Davies, Rudi Keil, Rob Thirlby, Marcel Garvey, Dean Miller, Dan Touhy, Pete Swatkins, Jon Goodridge, Kyle Palm, Leo Halavatau.
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).