Bath Rugby have delayed naming the team to face Gloucester in the SOLD OUT semi-final of the Powergen Cup until Sunday.
Jonathan Humphreys is likely to start from the bench following his recovery from a troublesome heel injury.
Steve Borthwick will captain the side from second row, and is one of five England internationals who return to the squad after playing against Ireland last weekend. Olly Barkley, Matt Stevens, Danny Grewcock and Duncan Bell are all also named in the 25-man squad.
In the backs Matt Perry returns to the squad after missing the NEC Harlequins game with a stiff back, whilst Tom Cheeseman returns following Wales international duty.
Brendon Daniel (back), Lee Best (groin), Robbie Fleck (calf), Mike Tindall (foot), Spencer Davey (knee), Frikkie Welsh (thigh) are all out through injury.
Loose-head prop David Flatman misses out, as the England international requires a couple more weeks to be ready for a full competitive return. However, David Barnes returns to the squad after being passed fit to play following his recovery from a broken forearm.
"This is a pretty big game for both sides," said head coach John Connolly. "The Powergen Cup represents a route into next season's Heineken Cup."
"We are confident heading into the game and I don't think that the result two weeks ago is a factor. We failed to take our chances in that game and there will be a number of other variables on Sunday like a change in personnel, change in referee and change in conditions. It will be an extremely tough game."
Bath Rugby squad:
Matt Perry, Joe Maddock, Nick Abendanon, Steve Booth, Ryan Davis, Andrew Higgins, Olly Barkley, Tom Cheeseman, Andy Williams, Chris Malone, Nick Walshe, Martyn Wood, Heinrich Kok, Matt Stevens, Duncan Bell, David Barnes, Lee Mears, Jonathan Humphreys, Steve Borthwick, Danny Grewcock, Rob Fidler, Geraint Lewis, Gareth Delve, James Scaysbrook, Zak Feaunati
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.