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.
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.