Mike Tindall is set to wear the Gloucester Rugby shirt for the first time on Friday night in Mark Cornwell's testimonial game against Viadana at Kingsholm (Fri 26 Aug, kick off 7.30pm).
The summer signing from Bath has been working non-stop in pre-season to make himself available for Gloucester's final pre-season fixture before the opening Guinness Premiership clash against Worcester (Sun 4 Sept).
All of Gloucester's top names will feature, including a front row of Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam and Phil Vickery.
Peter Richards and Ludovic Mercier should start at half-back, with Tindall likely to see game time at centre.
Mark Cornwell, celebrating 10 years Kingsholm service this year, will lead the team out, on what is set to be a memorable occasion for the second row forward.
Looking ahead to Cornwell's testimonial head coach Dean Ryan said: "It's more about rehearsal now with the Worcester game just 10 days away. 70 to 80 per cent of the team that will start the Premiership will be involved on Friday night against Viadana. That means there are still some opportunities for people.
"The overall make-up of the squad means that there is competition out there for every starting place."
For tickets to the match, which is all pay, The ticket office is open from on Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday, 9am-6.30pm and Friday 9am to kick off. For information, contact 0871 871 8781. Season ticket holders are reminded that they need to purchase a ticket for this game.
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
Season ticket holders receive a £2 reduction on the adult prices up to 6.30pm on Thursday 25 August.
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).