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
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.