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 local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.