Gloucester make a number of changes to the starting line-up for Friday's Zurich Premiership clash at Sale.
Andy Hazell (head), Phil Vickery (arm), Marcel Garvey (elbow) and Terry Fanolua (back) are all missing, along with long term injured Henry Paul (knee), Chris Fortey (ankle) and Mark Cornwell (neck).
Mark Foster starts on the wing in place of Marcel Garvey, who injured his elbow against Leeds. The 21 year-old started at inside centre against the Tykes last weekend, and completes a back three of Seti Kiole and Jon Goodridge for the game at the Sharks.
Nathan Mauger comes in to the centres to partner James Simpson-Daniel, with Terry Fanolua still ruled out with a back injury.
Former England U21 fly-half Brad Davies partners Andy Gomarsall at half-back, with Duncan McRae starting from the bench (Gloucester have two overseas players - McRae and Mauger - and regulations state only one can be on the field at one time).
Nick Wood returns to the side in the front row alongside Mefin Davies and Gary Powell, and Adam Eustace and Alex Brown continuing in the second row.
Andy Hazell hasn't recovered from the knock to the head he took in the win over London Irish three weeks ago, and Academy product Luke Narraway wears the number seven shirt. Jake Boer moves from open-side to blind-side.
Captain Adam Balding is also back after missing last weekend against Leeds, with Peter Buxton and James Forrester named on the bench.
The replacements bench is completed with Olivier Azam, Terry Sigley, Alex Page, Duncan McRae and Olly Morgan.
15. Jon Goodridge
14. Mark Foster
13. James Simpson-Daniel
12. Nathan Mauger
11. Seti Kiole
10. Brad Davies
9. Andy Gomarsall
1. Nick Wood
2. Mefin Davies
3. Gary Powell
4. Adam Eustace
5. Alex Brown
6. Jake Boer
7. Luke Narraway
8. Adam Balding (c)
16. Olivier Azam
17. Terry Sigley
18. Peter Buxton
19. James Forrester
20. Alex Page
21. Duncan McRae
22. Olly Morgan
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.