LUKE NARRAWAY will make his second Guinness Premiership start of the season on Sunday when Gloucester aim to secure a Heineken Cup place with victory over Leeds Tykes (2.30pm).
The back row forward has come into the side for Peter Buxton, who is rested after picking up a couple of knocks in the back-to-back victories over Worcester in the past fortnight.
Narraway is one of six changes to the 22 that beat the Warriors in the semi-final of the European Challenge Cup semi-final last Saturday.
Alongside Narraway, Jack Forster returns at tight-head prop in place of Gary Powell because of a shoulder injury, Jonathan Pendlebury and Adam Eustace swap positions at lock and there are also returns for both Olivier Azam and Adam Balding from shoulder and knee injuries respectively on the bench. Terry Sigley is also recalled because Forster is named in the starting line-up.
England international Mike Tindall will skipper the side in an unchanged backline.
Of the decision to include Narraway, head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Pete Buxton will be rested because he has taken a couple of knocks in the last few weeks and we see this as an opportunity for Narraway to press his claim even further.
"Our back row is a very competitive environment, particularly with Adam Balding returning and Jake Boer not far away. This is Luke's first real chance to press his chances for the games until the end of the season.
"Jonathan Pendlebury's inclusion is rotational and Gary Powell has a shoulder injury. We have take time to gather some momentum following the Six Nations but with two victories against Worcester, we want to continue that form this weekend.
"It will be an extremely tough game against proud and determined opponents and we will have to be very focused to get the result we want."
Narraway's only previous start in the Premiership this season was against Northampton in March and he has made 16 appearances in all competitions - 11 from the bench.
Mefin Davies and Patrice Collazo are retained in the front row, while the back line is unchanged for the fifth successive match which means Ryan Lamb and Peter Richards form the half-backs and Anthony Allen links with Tindall in the centre.
Both James Simpson-Daniel (head) and Olly Morgan (leg) have recovered from knocks picked up last weekend. Mark Foster, who scored the winning try against Worcester, completes the three-quarters.
GLOUCESTER (v Leeds Tykes, Sunday, 2.30pm): Olly Morgan, James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall (capt), Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Ryan Lamb, Peter Richards; Patrice Collazo, Mefin Davies, Jack Forster, Jonathan Pendlebury, Alex Brown, Luke Narraway, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: Olivier Azam, Terry Sigley, Adam Eustace, Adam Balding, Haydn Thomas, Ludovic Mercier, James Bailey.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.