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
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.