GLOUCESTER'S head coach Dean Ryan has made only change from the team named for Friday's postponed game against Newcastle for their trip to Wasps on Boxing Day.
Italian national captain Marco Bortolami returns to the second row in place of Adam Eustace in the only change to the 22.
Bortolami was shifted to the bench for Friday's game but returns to skipper the side alongside Alex Brown in the second row.
It means that both James Forrester and Mefin Davies retain their places on the bench for the trip to High Wycombe and Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "If we can get anything from an away game against Wasps it would be a good start to the Christmas period for us.
"But we appreciate this is a massive test for us. They will be looking to regroup from their defeat on Friday and will be pretty stoked up in a tough environment.
"Wasps' home record speaks for itself but we have a group of players desperate for an opportunity to impress against one of the best teams around and we are thoroughly looking forward to it."
In the front row, Patrice Collazo will start at loosehead and will be joined by hooker Olivier Azam and tighthead Christian Califano.
Peter Buxton, breakaway Andy Hazell and Luke Narraway complete the pack in the back row.
The backs also remain intact which gives Peter Richards and Willie Walker another opportunity at half-back and they will have Mike Tindall and Anthony Allen outside them in the centre.
James Simpson-Daniel, Mark Foster and Iain Balshaw form the back three.
"We wanted to play on Friday but are now solely focused on Wasps," Ryan added. "As a group we have plenty we want to achieve and that means we have to test ourselves against one of the best teams."
GLOUCESTER (v Wasps, Boxing Day): Iain Balshaw; James Simpson-Daniel, Anthony Allen, Mike Tindall, Mark Foster; Willie Walker, Peter Richards; Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam, Christian Califano, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway. Reps: Mefin Davies, Carlos Nieto, Adam Eustace, James Forrester, Rory Lawson, Ryan Lamb, Olly Morgan.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.