Gloucester will travel to Harlequins this weekend for the latest round of the Guinness Premiership hoping to reverse the recent run of results between the two sides which has seen the home side win the past five encounters.
There have been some entertaining encounters between the two sides in recent seasons but you have to go back to September 2006 to find the last time the away side won when Gloucester won by 31 points to 21 with three tries coming from Olivier Azam, James Forrester and Peter Richards.
Since then, Gloucester have won the encounters at Kingsholm 34-25 in March 2007, 27-25 in November 2007 and 24-20 in September 2008.
On the other hand, Quins have won the two most recent clashes at the Stoop 30-25 in March 2008 and 14-9 in February of this year when Nick Evans' try from deep proved to be the clincher.
Gloucester have only won once on the road in the Guinness Premiership so far this season, when they beat Leeds at Headingley on October 4th, but, buoyed by last weekend's won over the Leicester Tigers, will be hoping to get something out of the trip to the Stoop.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).