FULL-BACK Olly Morgan will return to Gloucester's starting XV for tomorrow's crucial Heineken Cup match against Agen at Kingsholm (3pm).
The 20-year-old, who was this week named in England's 30-man squad for next weekend's international against the All Blacks, returns to the starting line-up following a torn shoulder muscle picked up against the Ospreys in the EDF Energy Cup last month.
Morgan's inclusion means Iain Balshaw switches to the wing in place of Mark Foster, who misses out because of a foot injury sustained during his try-scoring performance in last weekend's 37-20 defeat against Leinster.
"It is great to have Olly back in the squad because he is a fantastic young player and it gives us plenty of attacking options," head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk.
"I thought our young backs did extremely well last weekend against Leinster and tomorrow we need to take the lessons learnt from that game into another extremely physical environment against Agen."
Ryan's major selection issues have occurred up front where both openside flanker Andy Hazell and number eight James Forrester are missing.
The pair sustained their injuries last weekend - Hazell has not recovered from a shoulder injury and Forrester picked up a knock to his left knee.
"Andy is still getting spasms in his shoulder and that is enough to keep him out," Ryan said. "James has a knee injury which we expect to know the extent of next week when he sees a specialist on Monday."
It means Jake Boer replaces Hazell in the number seven shirt and Luke Narraway gets a run at number eight.
There is one other change in the pack and that comes at lock. Jonathan Pendlebury will make his first start of the season alongside skipper Marco Bortolami. The front row remains unchanged which means Christian Califano will face his former club and be joined by hooker Mefin Davies and tighthead prop Carlos Nieto.
"We obviously understand the importance of this match and it should be a fantastic occasion. To have Heineken Cup rugby back at Kingsholm is special for everyone and we know it will be a massive encounter," Ryan added.
On the bench, prop Patrice Collazo returns to the squad in place of Nick Wood and Willie Walker has recovered from a knee injury picked up against Leicester in September to replace Ludovic Mercier.
GLOUCESTER RUGBY (v Agen, tomorrow, 3pm): Olly Morgan; Iain Balshaw, Jack Adams, Anthony Allen, James Bailey, Ryan Lamb, Peter Richards; Christian Califano, Mefin Davies, Carlos Nieto, Jonathan Pendlebury, Marco Bortolami (capt), Peter Buxton, Jake Boer, Luke Narraway. Reps: Olivier Azam, Patrice Collazo, Adam Eustace, Adam Balding, Rory Lawson, Willie Walker, Rudi Keil.
Steph Reynolds led from the front once again as Gloucester kicked off their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s campaign in style on Thursday evening. The flyer scored three tries but admitted that he left most of the team talk duties to others.
Olly Morgan led the Cherry and Whites to three wins out of three in Group B of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s and he expressed his delight in the young members of the squad in excelling in front of a bumper Kingsholm crowd.
Olly Morgan leads the Gloucester Rugby Sevens squad this Thursday in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series at Kingsholm, and he is backing the young side to take the opportunity with both hands as they take to the field.
Speaking to the local media this week, Henry Purdy explained the opportunity available for the Gloucester Rugby to lay down a marker in this summer's Singha Premiership Sevens Series, which kicks off at Kingsholm Stadium on Thursday 20 August.
Speaking to GRTV in front of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Henry Trinder explained how important the West Country Challenge Cup is going to be for the Cherry and Whites in their preseason preparations.