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 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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
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).