New signings Patrice Collazo, Ludovic Mercier and Haydn Thomas are all set to make their first appearances of pre-season for Gloucester Rugby in Sunday's final clash of the three day Issoire Tournament.
The fixture against Leeds (5pm kick off local time) also gives Henry Paul the chance to make his comeback following the knee injury that ruled him out of the final weeks of last season.
Collazo joins Mefin Davies and Terry Sigley in the front row for the all-English encounter. Adam Eustace partners Mark Cornwell, with Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell and James Forrester completing the back-row.
Gloucester team to play Leeds Tykes (Sunday 31 July, kick off 5pm local time)
15. Jon Goodridge
14. Mark Foster
13. Jack Adams
12. Henry Paul
11. Rob Thirlby
10. Ludovic Mercier
9. Haydn Thomas
1. Patrice Collazo
2. Mefin Davies
3. Terry Sigley
4. Adam Eustace
5. Mark Cornwell
6. Peter Buxton
7. Andy Hazell
8. James Forrester
16. Rob Elloway
17. Gary Powell
18. Alex Brown
19. Adam Balding
20. Peter Richards
21. Ryan Lamb
22. Brad Davies
23. Olivier Azam
24. Jake Boer
25. Anthony Allen
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys admitted that team selection for Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath has not been an easy one, with numerous players ruled out due to injury and suspension. However, he pledged that whoever is wearing the Cherry and White will be 100% committed to fighting until the very last minute.
Speaking to GRTV after the 35-13 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish, Tom Savage praised his team mates for sticking to their game plan and showing real character to clinch an impressive win despite only playing with 14 men for nearly an hour.
Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and move on to next weekend's European Champions Cup final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles after a dramatic extra time win over a valiant Connacht side.
With Connacht Rugby the visitors to Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 3:30pm) for Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off, Gloucester ring the changes from the side that took the field against Bath last weekend.
Matt Kvesic was a double winner at the Gloucester Rugby End of Season Awards Dinner on Tuesday, coupled with being named in the England Rugby training squad and the 23-year old is delighted with how his campaign has gone.
Gloucester Rugby held their End of Season Dinner at the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse this week. Amongst all the awards, Thinus Delport interviewed James Hook, Laurie Fisher, Charlie Sharples and Billy Twelvetrees.