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
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.
Gloucester Rugby welcomed back a set of returning internationals at the start of this week, and one of them, James Hook is pleased to be back, and ready to get back to business in a Cherry and White shirt.
After the huge success of the Darts evening in March, Gloucester Rugby and events sponsors Worthington's are pleased to present an evening with Darts Legends Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, Bobby George and Wayne Mardle hosted by Russ Bray on Tuesday 9 December.