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
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
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.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).