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 to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.