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.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.