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.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.