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.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
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.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.