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 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.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.
Mariano Galarza and Ross Moriarty are both back from injury as Gloucester entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday, kick off 3pm). Willi Heinz will skipper the side from scrum-half.