England open-side Andy Hazell will return to the matchday squad for Gloucester in Sunday's SOLD OUT Powergen Cup semi-final at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding will lead the side from number eight, with Gloucester's other back-row options selected from Peter Buxton, Luke Narraway, Andy Hazell, James Forrester and Jake Boer.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville is set to continue with the same back-line that sees Andy Gomarsall and Henry Paul combine at half-back, with Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae still unavailable after a knee operation.
Terry Fanolua and James Simpson-Daniel should continue in the centre, and Seti Kiole, Marcel Garvey and Jon Goodridge look likely to be the back three.
If Goodridge starts it will continue a superb run of appearances for the full-back, that has seen him start every competitive fixture this season, and miss only two minutes of Premiership action.
French hooker Olivier Azam returned to full contact training this week and could feature after more than three months out with an injured shoulder.
Melville and coach Dean Ryan will continue their preparations for the semi-final on Friday and Saturday, with the team announced closer to kick off.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville knows that the Gloucester side will have to be at their best for Sunday's Powergen Cup semi-final against their West Country neighbours.
"They don't come much bigger than cup semi-finals. Every home game we play at the moment seems to be a derby, they're great occasions and it will be a special day for us.
"I thought that our performance in the first half against Newcastle last week was good. Nobody has the divine right to go through, and we're well aware that it's going to be a battle from start to finish on Sunday.
"That's what 13,000 supporters are coming to watch, and I'm sure everyone's perception of an ideal West Country derby will be delivered."
The two sides met only two weeks ago, when a last minute drop goal from replacement Brad Davies took the points in a 17-16 win in the Premiership at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding said: "Our confidence as a team is high now, and Bath will play a completely different Gloucester team than they did two weeks ago. We expect to go out and play our way."
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
Speaking to GRTV after the 14-11 win in Zebre on Saturday, Bill Meakes acknowledged that Zebre had forced Gloucester to dig very deep to earn the win and made a point of thanking the tremendous travelling support.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.