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 ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.