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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.