For immediate release: Friday 5 December 2014
Issued on behalf of
Hooker Aleki Lutui will make his first start for the club and Billy Twelvetrees returns from England duty as Gloucester Rugby name their side for the first of the European Rugby Challenge Cup back to back fixtures against Zebre.
Lutui will pack down alongside Yann Thomas and John Afoa in the front row, while Twelvetrees forms a new look midfield partnership alongside Henry Purdy who moves inside off the left wing.
The only other new face from the side that started at London Irish last weekend is Shane Monahan, who will start on the left wing.
Greig Laidlaw will continue to skipper the side while Richard Hibbard, Jonny May and Ben Morgan are given the weekend off following their exploits on the international stage.
Steve McColl; Charlie Sharples, Henry Purdy, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Monahan; James Hook, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Yann Thomas, Aleki Lutui, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Tom Palmer; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans
Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight, Sila Puafisi, Elliott Stooke, Ross Moriarty, Callum Braley, Billy Burns, Mark Atkinson