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.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.