England international Andy Hazell returns to the starting line-up for the SOLD OUT Zurich Premiership clash with Saracens at Kingsholm on Saturday (Sat 30 April, Kingsholm, Kick off 3pm, Tickets SOLD OUT).
Hazell, who has been missing since a knock during the London Irish game at the end of March, is the one change to the forwards pack from the team's last Premiership outing away at Sale Sharks.
19 year-old England U21 international Olly Morgan makes his first start for Gloucester on the wing after two replacement appearances in the last month.
Morgan is joined on the wing by James Bailey, with both Seti Kiole (shoulder) and Marcel Garvey (elbow) out injured.
Terry Fanolua returns at centre after missing the last two games with a back injury, and Duncan McRae also starts at fly-half after being on the bench against the Sharks two weeks ago.
Jon Goodridge completes the milestone of starting every competitive fixture for Gloucester this season. The 24 year-old full-back has missed only nine minutes of Premiership action throughout the entire league campaign, being replaced after 78 minutes against Wasps and after 73 minutes against Northampton.
As well as Garvey and Kiole's injuries, prop Phil Vickery also misses out, as he continues his recovery from a broken arm. Other players missing through injury include Mark Cornwell (neck), Chris Fortey (ankle), James Parkes (wrist) and Henry Paul (knee).
Gloucester can't finish any higher than sixth, or any lower than seventh in the Premiership. A win against Saracens would guarantee sixth place, and depending on how results go elsewhere could mean a home Wild Card semi-final the following weekend.
15. Jon Goodridge
14. James Bailey
13. James Simpson-Daniel
12. Terry Fanolua
11. Olly Morgan
10. Duncan McRae
9. Andy Gomarsall
1. Nick Wood
2. Mefin Davies
3. Gary Powell
4. Adam Eustace
5. Alex Brown
6. Jake Boer
7. Andy Hazell
8. Adam Balding (c)
16. Olivier Azam
17. Terry Sigley
18. Peter Buxton
19. James Forrester
20. Alex Page
21. Brad Davies
22. Simon Amor/Mark Foster
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.