GLOUCESTER boss Nigel Davies welcomes back a number of key players for the Amlin Challenge Cup trip to Bordeaux-Begles tomorrow.
Jonny May makes his first appearance since late September on the left wing while Henry Trinder last played in Mont de Marsan, the week before the previous Bordeaux clash in October.
Tim Molenaar also returns to the starting line-up along with Dan Robson, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini and skipper Jim Hamiton in a strong looking team.
The cherry and whites are looking to make it five wins from five matches in the competition and victory would put them on the verge of clinching pool one and securing a home quarter-final.
Despite beating Bordeaux 25-13 at Kingsholm Gloucester slipped to defeat against London Irish last week and Davies says the new faces will help freshen things up.
He said: “The boys returning from injury have added an extra zip into training this week and that’s great.
“I think it’s very important that there will be a few players who weren’t involved at the weekend playing, because they’ll bring a different edge to work well around the continuity.
“I think we’ve got a very good squad for this match, and we expect them to perform.
“Europe is a difficult arena whatever the competition.
“We came out the right side of the two Irish games, and now we have to hammer home our momentum in this tournament.
“We’ve got to go to Bordeaux and get a win: it’s as simple as that.
“Europe is a difficult arena, whether you’re in the Amlin Challenge Cup or the Heineken Cup.
“I always stressed how important the middle two games against London Irish would be, and we came out on the right side of those two games.
“Now we have to hammer home our momentum in this tournament, and we have to go to Bordeaux and get a result. It’s as simple as that.
“I think we’ve got a very good team, an exciting team. And we’re expecting to perform.”
Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini; Jim Hamilton (capt), Will James; Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Peter Buxton, Gareth Evans, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Martyn Thomas