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
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