Jake Boer returns to the Gloucester starting line-up for Saturday's Zurich Premiership clash at Kingsholm against Northampton Saints (Sat 12 Mar, Kingsholm, Kick off 2pm).
29 year-old Boer came on as a first half replacement in Gloucester's cup semi-final against Bath last weekend after missing the previous two games.
Adam Balding continues as captain, and Peter Buxton, who recently signed a new three-year contract, completes the back-row. Former England U21 player Luke Narraway provides cover from the bench.
The back line is the same for a fourth consecutive game, with Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae still unavailable after a knee operation. Henry Paul is available for the Saints clash, before travelling to the World Cup Sevens event in Hong Kong.
French hooker Olivier Azam, who returned to full contact training last week, could see some game time from the bench, with his fellow countryman Noel Curnier starting in the number two shirt.
Nathan Mauger returns to the replacements bench with Olly Morgan on England U21 duties.
Prop Phil Vickery (broken arm) and fly-half Duncan McRae (knee) are both looking to return to first team action in April, with Gloucester's clash at home to Leeds on 9 April as a possible target.
Other players unavailable include Andy Hazell (England), Mefin Davies (Wales), James Forrester (rib), Chris Fortey (ankle), Will Matthews (England Students), James Merriman (Wales U21s), and James Parkes (wrist).
Commenting on http://www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com/ Adam Balding said: "The semi-final defeat was a major disappointment, and even more so as I couldn't contribute, after coming off in the first half.
"The lads gave their heart and soul in that game, and we played in the manner that everyone knows we can do. That hasn't been the case all season, but the defeat still hurt us.
"But what better way than to turn it around by concentrating on the next five games, starting with Saturday's game against Northampton.
"You need to step back and look at Northampton. They had a win over Leicester in their last game, and will be right up there when they arrive.
"They know what they've got to do and they will be playing for their lives in the remaining games. That means that there is only one way that they'll be coming out against us, and that is fighting. We need to understand this mindset and ensure that we control our game plan.
"This is very much the business-end of the season. Everyone knows how many games are left, and we've got our target, and that is a top three finish. To achieve that we have to be at our best in every game we play, that has to start with Saturday's game."
15. Jon Goodridge
14. Marcel Garvey
13. James Simpson-Daniel
12. Terry Fanolua
11. Seti Kiole
10. Henry Paul
9. Andy Gomarsall
1. Nick Wood
2. Noel Curnier
3. Gary Powell
4. Adam Eustace
5. Alex Brown
6. Peter Buxton
7. Jake Boer
8. Adam Balding (c)
16. Olivier Azam
17. Terry Sigley
18. Mark Cornwell
19. Luke Narraway
20. Alex Page
21. Brad Davies
22. Nathan Mauger
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.