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
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.
The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan has welcomed an innovative and engaging programme from Premiership Rugby which aims to improve numeracy levels amongst more than 38,000 children across England.
After the success last season, Gloucester Rugby are pleased to announce that the Christmas Gift Pack is back for season 14-15 which offers supporters a great saving of up to £20 on the match ticket price alone.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.