CENTRE Henry Trinder is back in the Gloucester midfield as the Cherry and Whites finish their Aviva Premiership campaign against Worcester Warriors today. Jimmy Cowan will skipper the team.
It's a side that shows several changes to the starting line up from the one that defeated London Irish 38-30 at Kingsholm last Saturday.
Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall and Billy Twelvetrees are all ruled out, so Shane Monahan, Steph Reynolds and the former Cirencester RFC starlet Trinder come in to the starting XV. Reynolds will make his first Premiership start.
In the pack, Nick Wood returns at loose head prop in place of Yann Thomas, Dan George replaces Huia Edmonds while James Hudson is back in the second row for Will James.
It will be Worcester's final Aviva Premiership appearance for the time being, with the Warriors already relegated. However, Director of Rugby Nigel Davies is expecting a tough encounter.
"We expect them to come full blooded at us," said Davies. "They see this as a huge local derby, and so do we.
"They'll want to go out on a high and I think they're expecting a decent crowd there as well. So, I think I think they'll want to leave their supporters with something to come back to at the start of next season and their Championship campaign.
"We're fully aware of what to expect, regardless of where Worcester are. It will be a difficult encounter. If you look at their games this season, they've lost the vast majority of them in the last 10 minutes. They're a very competitive team, particularly at Worcester.”
Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Shane Monahan; Jonny May, Henry Trinder, Steph Reynolds; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan (capt); Nick Wood, Dan George, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan.
Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Tom Savage, Tom Young, Dan Robson, Billy Burns, Andrew Bulumakau.