Welsh prop Gary Powell returns to the Gloucester line-up for Sunday's Zurich Premiership clash away at Newcastle Falcons.
25 year-old Powell has missed the last couple of months with an ankle ligament injury, and has been targeting the Falcons clash for a return over the last few weeks.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Powell said: "I'm over the moon to be back. It's been a frustrating couple of months, especially as I injured my ankle in training.
"Newcastle were on the wrong end of a thrashing last weekend and it could go one of two ways for them. It is a guarantee that they'll be like wounded animals and want to make it up to their supporters up at Kingston Park.
"It's always a tough game up at Newcastle, and we need to be mentally right for the game, but we've worked hard this week and we'll be ready for it.
"It was a good hard game against Bath and the team got right back in to it, and it was nice to be on the right side of such a tight game."
Powell's return to the first team comes after Phil Vickery broke his arm last weekend, and the Welsh front row man has said how bad he feels for the England tight-head.
"I'm gutted for Vicks. He was getting back to the level that everyone knows he can, and you have to be playing 80 minute games of rugby to get back to your best.
"From a personal point of view it gives me the chance to go straight back into the side, and it's now down to me to make sure I impress.
French 'A' international hooker Noel Curnier makes his first start for the club, with Rob Elloway on the bench. James Parkes misses out with a wrist injury.
Adam Eustace and Alex Brown continue their second row partnership, and Peter Buxton comes into the back-row in place of Andy Hazell.
Adam Balding takes over the captain's duties with Phil Vickery injured and Jake Boer not available. The South African back-row man was set to be available for the game, but is in South Africa due to family circumstances.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville and coach Dean Ryan continue with the same back line with Jon Goodridge, Marcel Garvey and Seti Kiole in the back three, James Simpson-Daniel and Terry Fanolua in midfield, and Henry Paul and Andy Gomarsall at half-back.
On the bench Rob Elloway is joined by Terry Sigley, Mark Cornwell and Luke Narraway in the forwards. Alex Page, Nathan Mauger and last week's drop goal match winner Brad Davies complete the replacements.
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. James Forrester
7. Peter Buxton
8. Adam Balding (c)
16. Rob Elloway
17. Terry Sigley
18. Mark Cornwell
19. Luke Narraway
20. Alex Page
21. Brad Davies
22. Nathan Mauger
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.