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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
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).