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.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.