IAIN BALSHAW will return to the Gloucester starting line-up for their trip to Guinness Premiership champions Sale Sharks tomorrow (5.45pm).
The England international comes in on the wing in place of Mark Foster, who moves to the bench in one of three changes to the 22 named by head coach Dean Ryan.
Balshaw, who has made eight appearances in all competitions this season, scored the decisive try in Gloucester's 15-3 victory over London Irish on Monday to end a two-match Guinness Premiership losing sequence and push them back into a play-off place.
There is one other change to the starting XV and that sees Nick Wood come in at loosehead prop in place of Christian Califano, who also switches to the bench. The other change comes in the replacements where Jonathan Pendlebury replaces Adam Eustace.
"We won a particularly important game on Monday in impossible conditions and it was great for us to come away from that experience with the knowledge we can win those tight matches in unfavourable elements," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"In games like that you need to pick up wins and it will be of massive benefit to us later in the season. We have again selected a team we feel appropriate for this weekend's game against the current Premiership champions.
"We have only just started what is a very intense month of activity for ourselves and although we appreciate Sale have suffered horrendously with injuries it will be a hugely tough game.
"But it is something we relish and are excited about the challenge this weekend."
Apart from Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson, the remainder of the backline is English and Lawson will again be partnered by Ryan Lamb at half-back.
Mike Tindall and Anthony Allen will continue their developing centre combination, while James Simpson-Daniel, Balshaw and Olly Morgan are the back three.
Up front, Wood's inclusion is the only change. He will make his 10th Premiership appearance of the season - eight of them starts - and be partnered by hooker Mefin Davies and prop Carlos Nieto.
Gloucester will be skippered by Italian lock Marco Bortolami in the second row alongside Alex Brown and the pack is completed with by English feel with Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell and James Forrester in the back row.
There is also plenty of experience on the bench with Olivier Azam and Califano the front row replacements, Pendlebury, Jake Boer, Peter Richards, Willie Walker and Foster completing the options.
GLOUCESTER (v Sale Sharks, tomorrow 5.45pm): Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Iain Balshaw; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Mefin Davies, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, James Forrester. Reps: Olivier Azam, Christian Califano, Jonathan Pendlebury, Jake Boer, Peter Richards, Willie Walker, Mark Foster.
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.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).