EIGHT changes are made to the Gloucester 22 ahead of their Round 20 clash against Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens on Saturday, April 4th (3pm).
Dean Ryan has made eight changes to his team that knocked the Ospreys out of the EDF Energy Cup semi final last weekend.
In the front row Nick Wood returns to replace Alasdair Dickinson at loosehead, while Akapusi Qera replaces Andrew Hazell at seven.
In the backs young Charlie Sharples stands in at the left wing for injured James Simpson-Daniel who has damaged his right thigh muscle against Ospreys last weekend.
Matthew Watkins replaces Mike Tindall at out-side centre who sustained Medial Ligament Damage to his Right Knee last weekend, the extent of the injury is yet to be confirmed.
Further changes include Mark Foster who replaces Iain Balshaw at fourteen.
1. Nick Wood
2. Olivier Azam
3. Greg Somerville
4. Will James
5. Alex Brown
6. Alasdair Strokosch
7. Akapusi Qera
8. Gareth Delve (C)
9. Rory Lawson
10. Ryan Lamb
11. Charlie Sharples
12. Anthony Allen
13. Matthew Watkins
14. Mark Foster
15. Olly Morgan
16. Scott Lawson
17. Carlos Nieto
18. Marco Bortolami
19. Andrew Hazell
20. Gareth Cooper
21. Carlos Spencer
22. Olly Barkley
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.