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.
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Fresh from his first training session with the Cherry and Whites, new arrival Brendan Macken spoke exclusively to GRTV ahead of his time at Kingsholm. The Leinsterman is keen to experience Kingsholm and the rugby heritage at Gloucester.
After a good start, and dominating for long periods at the Ricoh, skipper Tom Savage spoke after the Wasps defeat to GRTV about the small things that Gloucester have to work on as well as focussing on some of the positives.
Gloucester Rugby will take on Wasps on Sunday in their first ever visit in the Aviva Premiership to the Ricoh Arena. Speaking to the local media today, Director of Rugby David Humphreys previewed the game as well as giving an update on the injured Henry Trinder.
Following the 48-10 Aviva Premiership win over London Welsh on Saturday, Dan Murphy praised his team mates for battling right up to the very last minute in difficult conditions and maintaining the momentum that the team have built in 2015.
Gloucester Rugby are able to call upon the quartet of players who have been on RBS Six Nations duty in recent weeks as they welcome Northampton Saints to Kingsholm for the latest round of Aviva Premiership action.
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