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 to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).