GLOUCESTER'S head coach Dean Ryan will hand starts to loose-head prop Patrice Collazo and hooker Olivier Azam to complete an all-French front row against Leicester tomorrow.
The pair will make their first starts of the season at Welford Road in place of Nick Wood and Mefin Davies respectively and will be joined by tight-head prop Christian Califano as Gloucester aim to continue their 100% start to the season.
Will James, the former Cornish Pirates second row, will start in the second row alongside Marco Bortolami in place of the injured Alex Brown, who broke an arm in the 31-21 victory over Harlequins last weekend.
James's inclusion is the only other change to the Gloucester starting line-up, which means no places for Mike Tindall (calf) or Iain Balshaw (ankle).
However, Ryan has made changes to the bench. Ludovic Mercier is not considered for selection after damaging a knee in the Guinness A League encounter against Bath on Monday, which means Brad Davies is recalled from his loan at Pertemps Bees.
Both Adam Eustace and Jake Boer come into the squad for the first time this season as Gloucester opt for five forwards and two backs on the bench. Boer returns after recovering from ligament damage to his knee and replaces Luke Narraway.
Explaining his decision on Azam and Collazo, Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "We see this weekend as an opportunity for other people to put forward their cases in the side. We have only just started a very long season and we need to give our established players the chance to press their claims."
The backline remains unchanged for the second match running which means Peter Richards, a try scorer last weekend, partners Willie Walker at half-back. Rudi Keil and Anthony Allen are in the centre, while James Bailey, Mark Foster and Olly Morgan complete the back three.
Leicester lost against Bath last weekend but Ryan is anticipating a tough afternoon tomorrow.
"Welford Road is a tough place to go and we know we will be facing a side reacting very strongly to a disappointment last weekend," Ryan said.
"From our point of view, I think Harlequins told us we have a lot to work on as a team. We scored two very good tries through individuals but we have to be much better than that in more areas.
"We have a group of individuals who deal with pressure and expectation each week and I am sure we will be facing that tomorrow. We know we have to match them physically in certain areas but we are looking forward to what should be a fantastic game."
GLOUCESTER (v Leicester, tomorrow, Welford Road, 3pm): Olly Morgan; James Bailey, Rudi Keil, Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Willie Walker, Peter Richards; Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam, Christian Califano, Will James, Marco Bortolami (capt), Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: Mefin Davies, Jack Forster, Nick Wood, Adam Eustace, Jake Boer, Brad Davies, Rory Lawson.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Tickets for Saturday's Aviva Premiership game against Bath Rugby in both the Stowford Press Terrace and also The Shed are now in short supply, although a number of returns from the visitors have just gone back on sale.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.