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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.