JAKE BOER, Gloucester's South African back row forward, will make his return from a knee injury in Monday's Guinness A League fixture against Bath.
He has been out of action since the middle of August after suffering a set-back in his bid to recover from medial ligament damage picked up against Bath in the Premiership last season.
But he returned to full training this week and is expected to be included when Gloucester start their campaign with another west country derby on Monday night.
Although the team has yet to be confirmed, it is likely to include lock Adam Eustace, hooker Rob Elloway and flanker James Merriman as Gloucester aim to continue their excellent run in the competition.
"Potentially, we have an outstanding squad of players to select from and we obviously want to try and continue our success of recent seasons," said assistant Academy manager Mark Cornwell.
"With the calibre of players we have available for selection, we obviously believe we can do well in this competition.
"It is always a fantastic opportunity when you play Bath and we will be looking to get off to a really good start."
Gloucester start their home matches in the Guinness A League on Monday, September 25 against Saracens at 7.30pm.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.