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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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.
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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.
The day has dawned and Madness will play Live at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. It's going to be an incredible night with a huge crowd but, if you haven't yet purchased, tickets are still available on the day.
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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.