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.
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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.
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.