GLOUCESTER will welcome back a trio of internationals for tomorrow's Guinness Premiership derby against Worcester Warriors at Sixways (8pm).
England full-back Iain Balshaw will return in the number 15 jersey following ankle trouble in place of Olly Morgan, his national team-mate Mike Tindall is named on the bench after recovering from a calf injury and he will be joined by Italian prop Carlos Nieto for the first time this season following an operation on his shoulder.
"Both Mike and Iain have had no reaction all week and it is fantastic to have them involved again," assistant coach Bryan Redpath told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"Mike's injury was slightly longer term than originally anticipated because of complications but it was vitally important both he and the club got the problem right and he will be going into this game in really good shape.
"We obviously found something in Carlos's shoulder that required immediate attention but to have a player of his expertise and quality for a game of this significance is crucial to us.
"We are aware that this is a huge game for both clubs and that we face an extreme physical effort tomorrow. I am positive this will be the Premiership at its very best and we are relishing the challenge."
Alongside Balshaw, James Bailey and Mark Foster - who both scored during Gloucester's EDF Energy Cup win over Bristol last weekend - complete the back three.
Jack Adams and Anthony Allen are the centre combination while Ryan Lamb and Pete Richards complete an all-English backline.
If Tindall comes it off the bench tomorrow night he will make his 100th Premiership appearance.
Up front, Nick Wood starts at loosehead in place of Patrice Collazo, in the only change to the last weekend's front row.
Will James and Adam Eustace form the second row combination and the tried and trusted trio of Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell and James Forrester complete the back row.
On the bench, lock Jonathan Pendlebury returns for the first time this season following shoulder surgery.
GLOUCESTER (v Worcester, tomorrow 8pm): Iain Balshaw; James Bailey, Jack Adams, Anthony Allen, Mark Foster; Ryan Lamb, Peter Richards; Nick Wood, Mefin Davies, Christian Califano, Will James, Adam Eustace, Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Jonathan Pendlebury, Jake Boer, Rory Lawson, Ludovic Mercier, Mike Tindall.
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.
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.