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 the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).