QUINTON Davids will make his Kingsholm debut tonight in the Guinness A League fixture against Harlequins (7.30pm).
The South African second row is included in a strong Gloucester side that boasts a number of players with first team experience as they go head-to-head with one of the best A teams in the country.
Mark Cornwell will partner Davids in the second row, while Nick Wood starts at loosehead prop. Luke Narraway, who featured in Gloucester's Guinness Premiership defeat at Bath on Saturday, begins at number eight.
There is also plenty of quality in the backs with Simon Amor and Brad Davies forming the half-back combination. Marcel Garvey and James Bailey get runs on the wing, while Anthony Allen and Ryan Lamb form the centre combination.
At full-back, Olly Morgan makes a welcome return from a thigh injury and he replaces Vince Lanciano.
More than 2,500 supporters came to the last A League fixture at Kingsholm and another good crowd is expected this evening.
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for juniors. Season ticket holders get in free.
GLOUCESTER (v Harlequins, Guinness A League, Kingsholm 7.30pm): Olly Morgan, Marcek Garvey, Anthony Allen, Ryan Lamb, James Bailey; Brad Davies, Simon Amor (capt); Nick Wood, Rob Elloway, Jack Forster, Quinton Davids, Mark Cornwell, Will Matthews, James Merriman, Luke Narraway.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
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.
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.