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
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking after the European Rugby Challenge Cup triumph on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was thrilled with how the Cherry and Whites managed the game and secured the first major European silverware for nine years.
Friday night saw the Cherry and Whites lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup following the 19-13 victory over Edinburgh Rugby. The club photographer caught the best of the action and celebrations from The Stoop.
Once again for Gloucester, it went right to the very last whistle, the 14 men in Cherry and White hanging on heroically to win the European Rugby Challenge Cup by 19 points to 13 over Edinburgh at the Stoop on Friday evening.
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