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
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.