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
Summer signing Matt Scott met with the local media for the first time this week and said that he's settling in well at Gloucester, that hopes are high for the forthcoming season and that skipper Greig Laidlaw had done a good sales pitch when it came to him signing!
Olly Morgan is heading up Gloucester's Singha Premiership 7s once again this summer and, with the start of the tournament just around the corner, he's looking for some of the club's younger players to make the most of the playing time and the exposure it offers.
The Cherry & Whites are now in their second full week of preseason ahead of the new season, and GRTV caught up with the new Head of Strength & Conditioning Dan Tobin to chat about what is in store, and his first impressions of the club.
Speaking exclusively to GRTV before Wales set off for Twickenham on Friday afternoon, Ross Moriarty chatted about the prospect of taking on England on Sunday as well as the challenge of the subsequent tour to New Zealand.
Brighton is the venue of choice for England this week as the squad have reported for a training camp to prepare for the upcoming international against Wales. GRTV caught up with Gloucester's Matt Kvesic after the first day's training.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Gloucester Rugby number eight Ben Morgan reflected on the loss to Northampton Saints, and spoke about what he and the team need to do for the new season when the team return after the summer break.
In only his second Aviva Premiership outing, Lloyd Evans scored his first senior try for Gloucester against Northampton Saints on Saturday and told GRTV afterwards that he enjoyed the experience despite finishing on the losing side.
Thanks to Premiership Rugby and Ricoh UK, Cheltenham Civil Service Rugby Club enjoyed a fast-paced and fascinating training session with Gloucester Rugby coaches Jonny Bell, Tim Taylor and Director of Rugby David Humphreys on Tuesday evening.