Gloucester, last season's run away winners of the regular season, are currently seventh in the Zurich Premiership table, one place and two points behind NEC Harlequins. After a disappointing result losing to Leeds Tykes at Headingley last weekend they will be looking to get back to winning ways in front of the Web Ellis Cup and a sell out crowd at their own patch.
We understand that Gloucester intend using the same squad of players that lost to Leeds last weekend, which means that England scrum half Andy Gommersall will start despite breaking his nose against the Tykes last weekend.
NEC Harlequins will make three changes to the team that got a draw in the exciting game in Stockport last Friday. All the changes are in the forwards, where Jason Leonard replaces Jon Dawson at tight head, Ace Tiatia starts at hooker in place of the injured Tani Fuga, and Pat Sanderson returns to the number six shirt having had a busy time representing England both at Sevens and against the New Zealand Barbarians last weekend.
We still have a number of players unavailable due to injury. Paul Burke is still not fully recovered from the rib injury he suffered against Bath in November. Ugo Monye has a lower back/hamstring problem which he incurred playing Sevens for England in South Africa, Mike Worsley is still suffering with a back injury and Josh Taumalolo is struggling with a knee injury. These four have been joined on the injured list by Tani Fuga (ankle) and there are one or two players who will be fitness tested later this afternoon before the team travel down to Gloucester for tomorrow's game.
This is an important game for both teams as they look to continue to challenge for Heineken Cup places for next season and the end of season play off's. There will be a packed crowd at Kingsholm on Saturday, and we can expect a very close game.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.