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.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.