LUKE NARRAWAY will come into Gloucester's Guinness Premiership semi-final starting XV against Saracens tomorrow in place of the injured Jake Boer.
Boer is ruled out with strained ligaments in his knee and his loss will be considerable blow, particularly after his try-scoring effort in Gloucester's 35-13 victory over Bristol last Saturday.
Head coach Dean Ryan is also without James Forrester, who ruptured his ACL joint at Ashton Gate - but the rest of the starting line-up remains unchanged.
"The severity of James Forrester's injury was confirmed on Monday and to lose a player of Jake's quality too is obviously a blow to us at this stage," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"I thought Jake was outstanding last weekend - he is a hugely respected guy in our squad - but Luke Narraway is also a very good player, has gained plenty of experience this season and will bring athleticism, determination and effort to our side."
Narraway has made 16 appearances in all competitions this season and will partner Andy Hazell and Peter Buxton in the back row - two men who were named in England's tour squad to South Africa this week.
The rest of the pack is unchanged which means Marco Bortolami skippers the side from the second row alongside Alex Brown.
It will be Bortolami's 22nd appearance in all competitions tomorrow and in front of him will be loose-head prop Nick Wood, hooker Olivier Azam and tight-head prop Carlos Nieto.
Gloucester's three-quarter line also has a settled look and will see Peter Richards partner Ryan Lamb at half-back. Lamb has scored 82 points in 16 Premiership appearances this season and is the second leading point's scorer behind Willie Walker.
The centre combination of Anthony Allen and James Simpson-Daniel is intact because of the fractured leg to Mike Tindall, while Walker, Mark Foster and Iain Balshaw complete the back three. James Bailey is ruled out with a groin strain.
"For me, it is about getting our performance right," Ryan added. "We have not talked about semi-finals or finals because when you start tagging emotional issues like that onto what you are trying to achieve, you lose sight of playing well and that is the most important thing.
"We have talked about the second half at Bath and the game at Newcastle and know we cannot repeat them. We are back at Kingsholm, which is also a very special place for us, and are solely concentrating on getting our game right.
"Ashton Gate was a great experience for everyone but Kingsholm's matchday atmosphere is pretty unique and we will need that tomorrow."
On the bench, Adam Eustace comes in because of Narraway's inclusion but the rest remain the same which means Mefin Davies and Christian Califano are the front row replacements, while Will James and Eustace cover lock and back row.
Rory Lawson, Jack Adams and Jon Goodridge are the three-quarter replacements
GLOUCESTER v Saracens (tomorrow, 1pm): Willie Walker, Mark Foster, James Simpson-Daniel, Anthony Allen, Iain Balshaw; Ryan Lamb, Peter Richards, Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway. Reps: Mefin Davies, Christian Califano, Will James, Adam Eustace, Rory Lawson, Jack Adams, Jon Goodridge.
There are still limited tickets available for tomorrow and they are available from the hotline number on 0871 871 8781 or www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
The ticket office will not be open tomorrow to buy tickets because the compound is being used as a team changing area.
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
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
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
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.