FOLLOWING Gloucester's 33-12 defeat against Wasps on Boxing Day, head coach Dean Ryan has made seven changes - one positional - for the visit of London Irish to Kingsholm on Monday (3pm).
Olly Morgan returns to the full-back position in place of Iain Balshaw and both half-backs - Rory Lawson and Ryan Lamb - start in place of Pete Richards and Willie Walker.
Up front, Christian Califano switches across to loosehead as Carlos Nieto returns at tighthead, hooker Mefin Davies makes his first start since the game against Saracens in October while James Forrester comes in at number eight in place of Luke Narraway after successfully returning from a knee operation.
There is also a return on the bench for flanker Jake Boer as Gloucester aim to bounce back from two successive Premiership defeats.
GLOUCESTER: Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson, Christian Califano, Mefin Davies, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: Olivier Azam, Patrice Collazo, Adam Eustace, Jake Boer, Peter Richards, Iain Balshaw, Willie Walker.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Six penalties and a conversion from the unerring boot of Greig Laidlaw, in addition to a try from Matt Kvesic, were enough to earn Gloucester a hard fought European Rugby Challenge Cup win in Oyonnax on Saturday evening.