The official website rounds up the team news for both of Friday's pre-season clashes at Kingsholm against Ulster and Viadana.
Gloucester Rugby has named a strong line-up for their final pre-season clash of the season against Viadana on Friday night at Kingsholm (kick off 7.30pm).
The Anglo-Italian fixture is Mark Cornwell's testimonial game after 10 years service at Kingsholm, and the second row forward becomes only the second Gloucester player to be awarded a testimonial.
Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam and Phil Vickery head a powerful front row, with Jonathan Pendlebury and Mark Cornwell forming the second row.
Cornwell will lead out the team on his special day, and Jake Boer, Andy Hazell and Luke Narraway complete the pack of forwards.
Peter Richards and Ludovic Mercier team up for the first time at Kingsholm at half-back. Summer signing Rob Thirlby, Mark Foster and Olly Morgan make up the back three.
Henry Paul will combine with either Anthony Allen or Mike Tindall in the centre, as Dean Ryan's players aim to make the most of their final run-through before the opening Premiership game away at Worcester.
The Viadana clash is preceded by a development fixture against Ulster at 4pm, which offers a great opportunity for a host of young players to impress.
Gloucester Vs Viadana
15. Olly Morgan
14. Mark Foster
13. Anthony Allen/Mike Tindall
12. Henry Paul
11. Rob Thirlby
10. Ludovic Mercier
9. Peter Richards
1. Patrice Collazo
2. Olivier Azam
3. Phil Vickery
4. Jonathan Pendlebury
5. Mark Cornwell (c)
6. Jake Boer
7. Andy Hazell
8. Luke Narraway
Mefin Davies, Nick Wood, Gary Powell, Alex Brown, Adam Balding, Haydn Thomas, Duncan McRae, Mike Tindall/Anthony Allen, Jon Goodridge
Tickets include both games, and the ticket office is open from 9am on Friday up until kick off of the evening game. For information, contact 0871 871 8781.
Team Vs Ulster at 4pm:
15. Vince Lanciano, 14. James Bailey, 13. Jack Adams, 12. Chris McNeil, 11. Chris Pemberton, 10. Brad Davies, 9. TBC, 1. Kevin Moran, 2. Rob Elloway, 3. Jack Forster, 4. Dan Touhy, 5. TBC, 6. Dean Miller, 7. Tom Rawlings, 8.Will Matthews
Ticket Details - Mark Cornwell Testimonial - Friday 26 August Gloucester Rugby Vs Ulster (development fixture), Kick off 4pm
Gloucester Rugby Vs Viadana (main Testimonial fixture), Kick off 7.30pm
Main Grandstand - £15
Buildbase - £12
Terrace - £10
Concession (terrace) - £5
(Note - the back-to-back fixtures against Ulster and Viadana are not included in the season ticket package as the event is Mark Cornwell's main testimonial game at Kingsholm, and part of his fundraising schedule. All tickets include both games.)
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).