ENGLAND international Olly Morgan will wear the number 15 shirt for Gloucester's pivotal Heineken Cup match against Bourgoin tomorrow.
Iain Balshaw moves to the wing to cover the absence of Lesley Vainikolo, who has returned to New Zealand for a week because of a family bereavement.
"Our thoughts are with Lesley and his family at this time and the club will give him all the support he needs before he returns to the first team squad," said head coach Dean Ryan.
"Family is very much central to Lesley's life and for that reason we respect his wishes to be with them at this time and want his privacy to be maintained. We will not be making any further comment until he returns."
The rest of Ryan's line-up remains virtually intact from the one that has seen Gloucester establish a narrow lead in Pool Two - although he is without second row Marco Bortolami (calf) and breakaway flanker Andy Hazell (twisted knee).
Mike Tindall and Anthony Allen will resume their centre partnership having missed the EDF Energy Cup victory over the Dragons and James Simpson-Daniel returns to the wing.
Ryan Lamb is partnered by Rory Lawson at half-back.
"We need to combine experience with flair and a cutting edge and we believe this backline provides that," Ryan added. "We are heading for a confrontational environment, an environment in which Bourgoin have a good record and we must be ready to handle that.
"The pool is very much still alive which is why these two back-to-back games are so important. Preparation has been good, we have learnt a great deal over the last year or so in this competition about how to win games like this and we must put that into practice tomorrow."
Ryan's forward pack is also experienced. Nick Wood, who signed a new two-year contract extension last week, starts at loose-head, Olivier Azam at hooker and Carlos Nieto at tight-head.
Peter Buxton will skipper the side from the second row alongside Alex Brown. That allows the tough tackling Alasdair Strokosch to wear number six, Akapusi Qera comes in for Hazell and Gareth Delve, outstanding against the Dragons, wears eight.
"Everyone appreciates the intensity levels of this game and central to that will be the performance of our forwards," Ryan said. "We have stacked up well in this competition and we must maintain that.
"This is a game we are thoroughly looking forward to as a group because of its significance."
Ryan has split his bench four-three in favour of his forwards. Andy Titterrell and Christian Califano will be the front row replacements Will James will cover lock and Luke Narraway the back row.
Scrum-half Gareth Cooper, stand-off Chris Paterson and utility back Leon Lloyd are the three-quarter replacements.
GLOUCESTER (v Bourgoin, tomorrow): Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Iain Balshaw; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Carlos Nieto, Peter Buxton (capt), Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Gareth Delve. Reps: Andy Titterrell, Christian Califano, Will James, Luke Narraway, Gareth Cooper, Chris Paterson, Leon Lloyd.
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.