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
Matt Kvesic, skipper for the night at Newcastle, praised the young and reshuffled Gloucester side for their commitment at Kingston Park but regretted the fact that Gloucester couldn't capitalise on an ideal opening to the game.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Elton John and his band will visit the home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium on Sunday 7 June as part of their European tour. This will be Elton's first ever performance in Gloucester and tickets are on general sale from 9am on Friday.
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