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
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
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.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.