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.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Lesley Vainikolo was a welcome visitor to Kingsholm this week, reminiscing as he wandered around the stadium. The big winger is back in Gloucester to take part in Sunday's Mitsubishi Motors UK Hybrid Cup (kick off 3pm).
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).