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.
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.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).