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.
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.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
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.