JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL will switch from the wing to the centre for Gloucester's Guinness Premiership clash against Leicester at Kingsholm on Sunday (1pm).
The try-scorer in Gloucester's 7-5 victory over Northampton last weekend, Simpson-Daniel will switch to the midfield and partner Anthony Allen as head coach Dean Ryan shifts the make-up of his side because of international call-ups and injuries.
Simpson-Daniel has made 14 appearances this season and his effort at Franklin's Gardens was his fourth time he has crossed the line.
Elsewhere, Willie Walker will wear the number 15 shirt which means Iain Balshaw switches to the wing and James Bailey comes in for the injured Karl Pryce, who is ruled out with an ankle injury.
The half-back combination of Ryan Lamb and Peter Richards remains unchanged.
Ryan's main concern this week has focused on the props he has available for the visit of the Tigers. Carlos Nieto is on international duty with Italy and Christian Califano is ruled out with a broken thumb.
That means Jack Forster comes in at tight-head after over-coming an ankle complaint this week and will partner hooker Olivier Azam and loosehead prop Nick Wood.
In the absence of Italian skipper Marco Bortolami, Will James comes in at lock, while the back row trio of Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell and Luke Narraway remains intact.
"We have been disrupted this week with a number of issues regarding our prop situation but we have enough quality in this area of our squad to cope," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"The team is obviously greatly changed from the one that beat Northampton last Saturday but it is still very exciting and to have the option of shifting a creative player of James Simpson-Daniel's quality into the centre is an added bonus.
"We would like to get his hands on the ball a bit more and this positional switch will hopefully allow us to do that.
"This is a game we are thoroughly looking forward to - Leicester are an outstanding team, are leaders of the Premiership and are a tremendously resourceful side that we respect fully - it should be a great Kingsholm occasion on Sunday."
On the bench, prop Patrice Collazo returns from a groin injury and there is also a place for Jake Boer. Hooker Mefin Davies and Adam Eustace complete the forward options.
Scrum-half Haydn Thomas, Rudi Kiel and Mark Foster are the three-quarter options.
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GLOUCESTER (V Leicester, Kingsholm, Sunday, 1pm): Willie Walker; James Bailey, Anthony Allen, James Simpson-Daniel, Iain Balshaw; Ryan Lamb, Peter Richards; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Jack Forster, Will James, Alex Brown, Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway. Reps: Mefin Davies, Patrice Collazo, Adam Eustace, Jake Boer, Haydn Thomas, Mark Foster, Rudi Kiel.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.