LESLEY VAINIKOLO will return to Gloucester colours tomorrow in one of two changes to Dean Ryan's starting line-up for their Heineken Cup clash against Bourgoin (3pm).
The free-scoring winger, who has seven tries to his name in the Guinness Premiership, returns to the starting line-up following a family bereavement. Iain Balshaw switches to full-back because of the shoulder injury to Olly Morgan and Luke Narraway comes in on the blindside flank in place of Alasdair Strokosch.
"Lesley has been through a traumatic couple of weeks and our thoughts have been with him but I would like to think we are also capable of offering him plenty of support and it is obviously great to have him back in the squad," said head coach Dean Ryan.
"This is a vital stage of the season and we need our big name players involved for a game of this magnitude."
The rest of Ryan's line-up remains the same as the one that beat Bourgoin 31-7 last Friday to establish themselves as pool leaders after three rounds with 14 points from a possible 15.
However, there are changes to the bench. Marco Bortolami (calf) returns in place of Will James and Willie Walker comes in for Chris Paterson who is ruled out with rib damage. The diagnosis on Morgan's injury will continue.
"We have given ourselves a great opportunity to progress in this competition but I have been involved in the Heineken Cup for too long to either expect something to happen or to take a team lightly," Ryan added.
"Our group is still alive and I said last Friday that I expect Bourgoin to come to Kingsholm revved up and nothing has changed my view on that. There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded French side and we have to ensure our preparation, composure and focus is dead right.
"It is up to us to dictate and impose ourselves on this game - we have established a great platform and now we need to build on it."
James Simpson-Daniel, a try scorer at the Stade Pierre Rajon, completes the back three alongside Balshaw and Vainikolo.
Anthony Allen and Mike Tindall are the centres, while Ryan Lamb and Rory Lawson are the half-backs.
Up front, Narraway's inclusion on the flank - he has made all his previous appearances this season at number eight - is the only change to the pack.
Nick Wood, Olivier Azam and Carlos Nieto are the front row, Peter Buxton, who has signed a new two-year contract, is at lock alongside Alex Brown and Narraway, Akapusi Qera and Gareth Delve completes the back row.
On the bench, Andy Titterrell and Christian Califano will join Bortolami and Strokosch, while Gareth Cooper, Walker and Leon Lloyd are Ryan's other options.
GLOUCESTER (v Bourgoin, tomorrow): Iain Balshaw; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Lesley Vainikolo; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Carlos, Nieto, Peter Buxton (capt), Alex Brown, Luke Narraway, Akapusi Qera, Gareth Delve. Reps: Andy Titterrell, Christian Califano, Marco Bortolami, Alasdair Strokosch, Gareth Cooper, Willie Walker, Leon Lloyd
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Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.