TERRY FANOLUA and Rudi Keil will line-up in the centre for Gloucester tonight in their Guinness A League encounter against London Irish (7.30pm).
The powerful pair will be key figures in a Gloucester side who are hunting top place in the southern conference of the A League competition.
They will be joined by first team squad members James Parkes at hooker, locks Mark Cornwell and Quinton Davids, Brad Davies, Marcel Garvey and Rob Thirlby in an exciting line-up.
Gloucester need to win to keep the pressure on leaders Harlequins and Fanolua and Keil will be figure heads of the side.
Last week, Gloucester beat Bristol 18-14 away to keep their title dreams alive and they will hope for another big crowd to get behind them tonight.
Emry Lewis and Alex Walker will join Parkes in the front row, while Hartpury College student Tom Rawlins will start in the back. Scrum-half James Donovan, who has impressed in his last two appearances, will start at scrum-half.
The replacement bench has yet to be finalised. Season ticket holders can gain free entry to the match and the 'kid a quid' scheme will again be operating for children under the age of 16.
GLOUCESTER v London Irish, Kingsholm, tonight 7.30pm: R. Thirlby; M. Nuttall, R. Keil, T. Fanolua, M. Garvey; B. Davies, J. Donovan; E. Lewis, J. Parkes, A. Walker, Q. Davids, M. Cornwell (capt), C. Jones, T. Rawlins, L. Halavatau. Reps to be named.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.
Having defeated Connacht Rugby in dramatic fashion in the first play-off for the final spot in the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup, Gloucester Rugby can confirm ticketing details for next Sunday's game against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways.
Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and move on to next weekend's European Champions Cup final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles after a dramatic extra time win over a valiant Connacht side.