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.
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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
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).
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.