GLOUCESTER will welcome back a host of internationals tomorrow when they aim to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive against Edinburgh at Kingsholm (3pm).
Italian international Marco Bortolami returns to the second row as captain, England scrum-half Peter Richards is recalled in the number nine jersey, Iain Balshaw sits on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury and Alex Brown also makes the starting line-up.
In all, there are nine internationals from three different countries in Gloucester's starting line-up and three more on the bench.
"We can still control the outcome of the pool if we keep winning because Leinster have to come back to us, but we realise we are in last chance saloon now," head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"But we will have more experience around and that is a massive positive for us, we will be inspired by the crowd and we want to get Kingsholm jumping to make it tough for Edinburgh.
"We acknowledge the challenge we face from a very good side but we are relishing this opportunity.
"This is a real opportunity for us and the squad, which is fantastic for them."
Gloucester's front five is made up entirely of internationals. Patrice Collazo starts at loosehead, Olivier Azam is at hooker and Carlos Nieto at tighthead form the front row, while Bortolami and Brown are the locks.
In the back row, Peter Buxton returns at number six, Jake Boer switches back to the openside and Luke Narraway is named at number eight.
The backline is also changed and Richards returns in a half-back combination that includes Willie Walker, who has started the last two games in that position against Bristol and Bath - Ryan Lamb has recovered from a rib injury and is named on the bench.
Anthony Allen and Mike Tindall form the centre combination; James Simpson-Daniel, Mark Foster and Olly Morgan complete the back three. Foster returned last weekend after recovering from a foot injury.
Gloucester's bench is no less experienced and includes internationals Balshaw, scrum-half Rory Lawson - who will face his former club - and prop Christian Califano.
The rest of the bench is made up by hooker Rob Elloway, lock Adam Eustace, number eight Adam Balding and Lamb.
GLOUCESTER (v Edinburgh, tomorrow, 3pm): Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Willie Walker, Peter Richards; Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Jake Boer, Luke Narraway. Reps: Rob Elloway, Christian Califano, Adam Eustace, Adam Balding, Rory Lawson, Ryan Lamb, Iain Balshaw.
There are still tickets available for tomorrow's game and they are available from www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk or the ticket hotline number (option 2) on 0871 871 8781.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.