Anthony Allen will be in action in the Guinness A League tonight.
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GLOUCESTER'S A team manager Mark Cornwell is able to call on a considerable pool of talent for tonight's west country derby against Bath at Kingsholm (7.30pm).
Cornwell has named Anthony Allen and Rudi Keil in the centre and they will be joined by winger Karl Pryce, full-back Jon Goodridge and scrum-half Haydn Thomas in the backline from the senior squad.
There are also places for stand-off Mark Davies and exciting winger Charlie Sharples. Up front, youngsters Jack Forster and Ross McMillan will be joined in the front row by Lydney's Paul Price, while Adam Eustace and Jonathan Pendlebury are the second rows.
In the back row, James Merriman starts at openside and Dean Miller at number eight and impressive blindisde flanker E. Uzonigwe gets a run at blinside after impressing for Pertemps Bees this season.
The replacements have yet to be finalised but they are expected to include Will James and Rob Elloway.
The match is included in the season ticket package, is £1 for under-16s and £5 for non-season ticket holders.
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.