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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.