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."
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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.
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.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).