London Irish have made five changes to the starting line-up for Gloucester's visit to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 26 March (kick off 5pm).
The changes come on the back of the defeat to Leicester two weeks ago. Scott Staniforth returns on the right wing having recovered from injury, Geoff Appleford starts at outside centre on his return from playing for England in Hong Kong, and Darren Edwards takes over at scrum half.
Among the forwards Robbie Russell comes in at hooker after being with Scotland's squad in the Six Nations and Bob Casey returns in the second row after playing for the Ireland A team.
Irish are missing Delon Armitage (leg), Peter Poulos (knee) and Richard Skuse (neck) through injury.
Commenting on the game, Gary Gold, London Irish's head coach, said: "We have four Zurich Premiership games to go and because we are only 12 points adrift of fourth placed Bath, there's still time for us to make something of our season starting on Saturday with the visit of Gloucester.
"Despite all the recent setbacks, we know we can figure in the end-of-season play-offs and make the Heineken Cup next year. That remains our goal."
15. Michael Horak*; 14. Scott Staniforth*; 13. Geoff Appleford*; 12. Mike Catt*; 11. Justin Bishop*; 10. Barry Everitt; 9. Darren Edwards; 1. Neal Hatley; 2. Robbie Russell*; 3. Rob Hardwick*; 4. Ryan Strudwick (captain); 5. Bob Casey*; 6. Paul Gustard; 7. Kieron Dawson*; 8. Roland Reid*.
Replacements: 16. Doug Wheatley; 17. Adrian Flavin; 18. Nick Kennedy; 19. Declan Danaher; 20. Nils Mordt; 21. Mark Mapletoft*; 22. Paul Hodgson.
* Denotes international
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).