OLLY MORGAN will make his competitive debut in the European Challenge Cup on Saturday - ready to complete his second game in five days.
The 19-year-old full-back comes into the side for the injured Jon Goodridge who has a thigh complaint and the former Millfield star is relishing his chance to shine in the number 15 shirt.
Morgan's season has been disrupted by injury to date. He has only 160 minutes of rugby under his belt following a thigh injury that has ruled him out since the pre-season game against Viadana.
But he made his comeback in the Guinness A League on Monday in the 35-24 victory over Harlequins and told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "I have only played two games this season so I am absolutely chuffed to be included.
"Monday was my first game back and to be told on Tuesday I would be starting in the European Challenge Cup was a fantastic feeling.
"To go away in France and perform under lights will be the biggest challenge of my career both mentally and physically. I am a young player and this is good for my development.
"Any game in France is tough and this will be no exception - I am going to be nervous but I cannot wait to play on this stage. Bayonne beat Pau last weekend so we know how dangerous they can be."
Morgan has already represented England Under-21s and is one of a number of changes to the Gloucester side forced upon head coach Dean Ryan because of injury.
Lock Quinton Davids will make his competitive debut alongside Adam Eustace in the second row after Alex Brown was ruled out with a sore neck.
He picked up the injury against the Ospreys and will not travel with the team. Jonathan Pendlebury comes onto the bench in place of Mark Cornwell who is also ruled out through injury.
Neither Jake Boer (toe) and Olivier Azam (shoulder) were considered for selection which means the front row that started against Bath of Patrice Collazo, Mefin Davies and Phil Vickery begin in the Stade Jean Dauger.
The back row also remains intact, where Peter Buxton and Andy Hazell pack down on the flanks with James Forrester at number eight.
There are also changes in the backline. James Simpson-Daniel is shifted into the centre and will partner Mike Tindall, who moves to the number 12 shirt. Rob Thirlby and Mark Foster are the wingers with Ludovic Mercier and Haydn Thomas the half-backs.
On the bench, Anthony Allen is preferred to Terry Fanolua, who is recovering from a knee problem, while James Parkes is the back-up hooker.
GLOUCESTER (v Bayonne, Saturday): Olly Morgan; Mark Foster, James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Rob Thirlby; Ludovic Mercier, Haydn Thomas; Patrice Collazo, Mefin Davies, Phil Vickery (capt), Adam Eustace, Quinton Davids, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: James Parkes, Terry Sigley, Nick Wood, Jonathan Pendlebury, Luke Narraway, Simon Amor, Anthony Allen. Marcel Garvey will also travel with the squad.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).