Gloucester Rugby Webchat: Nick Purewal previews the new Aviva Premiership season (12.15pm)
Gloucester open their Premiership season by hosting Sale Sharks at Kingsholm tomorrow (3pm).
Lineout boss James Hudson has not recovered from his pectoral injury, so Lua Lokotui starts in his place.
For the full team news, see below.
But what do you think of the Cherry and Whites' chances for the campaign ahead?
The 40-39 May defeat at Exeter Chiefs in searing sunshine that closed last term feels an age away.
And excitement keeps on growing ahead of the return of regular rugby.
Citizen rugby writer Nick Purewal previews tomorrow's first clash of term here, from 12.15pm.
Will Nigel Davies lead Gloucester to the play-offs?
Throw your weight into the debate here:
WILY Henry Trinder believes Gloucester can outwork and outthink their Premiership opposition this season.
The bright 13 starts alongside Billy Twelvetrees in Gloucester’s midfield for the league opener against Sale Sharks at Kingsholm tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has sprung few surprises for tomorrow’s first clash of the campaign.
Lineout boss James Hudson has not recovered from his pectoral injury as expected, so Tongan second-row Lua Lokotui slots in alongside captain Tom Savage.
England Under-20s graduate Elliott Stooke takes a seat on the bench as cover.
Dan Robson wins the first scrum-half battle, fending off the double challenge of Tavis Knoyle and Jimmy Cowan.
Itching to get back into action, Trinder said missing out on a semi-final last season must fire Gloucester up this time around.
He explained: “Off the back of last season coming into a bit of form it was annoying it ended without a play-off run.
“It’s a different mentally going into the season after the warm-up games are over there.
“I’ve felt sharp, I think I’m getting there, I’ve carried the form at the end of last season into the warm-up games.
“I’m feeling good, confident and the fittest and fastest I’ve been so I’m looking forward to it.
“We pride ourselves as trying to outwork the opposite team.
“If we can do that then we’ve got the talent to open teams up.
“Now it’s all settled you can bring in some more complex moves and some more moves individual to the opposition.
“Everyone knows our set-piece and our roles we can adapt them slightly.
“We’ve definitely thrown some new stuff in there, so it will be interesting to see if it comes off.
“It’s looking good though, everyone knows their detail and that’s important.
“If we get the chance to strike hopefully we can make it count.
“It’s definitely a strength of ours that we’ve got players who play in a number of positions in the backline, and we’ve got clever players in each position who can create something.
“There’s so much talent in the backline, there’s a lot of experience as well as youth too.
“For me especially looking at Gloucester as a whole, it’s a very good chance to push for the top four.
“I’ve been there and thereabouts in the last few years, but I’m not in the EPS or the Saxons right now.
“So all I can do is concentrate on enjoying my rugby at the club, and that’s where everything springboards from anyway.”
GLOUCESTER: R Cook, C Sharples, H Trinder, B Twelvetrees, J Simpson-Daniel, F Burns, D Robson, N Wood, D Dawidiuk, R Harden, T Savage (capt), L Lokotui, S Kalamafoni, M Kvesic, B Morgan. Replacements: D George, D Murphy, Y Thomas, E Stooke, A Qera, T Knoyle, M Tindall, M Thomas.