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.
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.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.