MIKE TINDALL will make his first return to the Rec tomorrow aiming to make history as a Gloucester player.
The England centre will be the central figure as the Kingsholm club aim for their first ever league victory at the Rec.
Head coach Dean Ryan has recalled seven players to his side following their Powergen Cup victory over Bristol last weekend - but there is no place for hooker Olivier Azam because of a shoulder injury picked up at the Memorial Stadium.
His place on the bench is taken by James Parkes but otherwise Ryan is drawing from a fully fit squad who will look to consolidate their position in the top three of the Guinness Premiership.
Up front, Mefin Davies takes the number two shirt and there are also returns for England trio Alex Brown, flanker Andy Hazell and number eight James Forrester.
In the backs, Tindall will partner Henry Paul in Gloucester's tried and trusted centre pairing, while Mark Foster is preferred on the wing to Marcel Garvey.
But all eyes will be on Tindall as he makes his first return to his former club following his summer switch to Kingsholm.
"You always want to play well when you go back to your old club," he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "You always want to be fit, play well and win. Hopefully all those things will happen on Saturday.
"We know it's a massive game. In past seasons Gloucester have been the form team going down there but let themselves down a little.
"Since the start of the season we've said we don't mind losing to a better team, as long we as don't let ourselves down. The main thing for us is that we can put in a performance we can be proud of.
"If we can get everything right that we've done in the last five games and build on that as we've still got to improve in a lot of areas, then it's going to be a close game.
Bath played a lot better against the Ospreys, their attack was a lot better and that makes for a tight game. But that always seems to be the case in local derbies and it might be a penalty that decides the game."
GLOUCESTER (v Bath, tomorrow, Rec 2.45pm): Jon Goodridge; Mark Foster, Mike Tindall, Henry Paul, James Simpson-Daniel, Ludovic Mercier, Haydn Thomas; Patrice Collazo, Mefin Davies, Phil Vickery (capt), Adam Eustace, Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: James Parkes, Terry Sigley, Mark Cornwell, Jake Boer, Peter Richards, Terry Fanolua, Brad Davies.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action on Friday evening after two rounds of European fixtures. A testing trip to Northampton lies in wait, a tough challenge, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants to see his side continue their development of recent weeks.
GRTV travelled to Sixways on Wednesday morning, for the Urban Rugby Squad Festival, where the Gloucester Urban Rugby Squad met other Premiership teams. Young players from Cinderford Fire Cadets and MY:UK, Gloucester made up the Cherry and White squad.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
A fantastic effort from Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens on Friday evening, as the Cherry and Whites were left to contemplate conceding a controversial first half try and a number of missed scoring opportunities as Northampton edged a tight one by 23 points to 20.