Gloucester Rugby have named their side for their latest A League fixture, Bath away at the Rec (kick off 7:15pm) with Fijian international winger Semi Tadulala set to make his first appearance in a Gloucester shirt.
Tadulala, whose recent club rugby has been in the League code with Bradford Bulls and Wakefield Wildcats, has been training with Gloucester for some time and made his international debut for Fiji against Romania in Bucharest recently.
He features in a side that features fellow Fijian international Apo Satala in the back row as well as several of Gloucester's England U20 internationals as Gloucester go in search of their first A League victory of the season.
Stef Hawley; Semi Tadulala, Ollie Winterbottom, Jonny May, Reuben Haile; Mike Wilcox, Jordi Pasqualin; Yann Thomas, Ben Phillips, Shaun Knight; Dan Williams, Dan Wright; Apo Satala, Marcus Brown, Mike Panahoe
Adrian Duncan, Levi Smith, Rupert Harden, James Ciaburro, Joe Hart, Charlie Simpson-Daniel, Danny Pointon, Jack Hayes
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).