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.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
Speaking to GRTV after the 14-11 win in Zebre on Saturday, Bill Meakes acknowledged that Zebre had forced Gloucester to dig very deep to earn the win and made a point of thanking the tremendous travelling support.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.