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.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.