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 to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
20 year old Lewis Ludlow was one of Gloucester's young guns who contributed hugely to the 18-9 LV= Cup win at London Welsh on Sunday afternoon. After the game, he praised his team mates for the massive team effort by an inexperienced side.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.