GLOUCESTER welcome London Irish to Kingsholm on Saturday in the Anglo-Welsh Cup (kick off 12:30pm) and welcome back a host of first team regulars who missed out on the trip to Leicester Tigers last weekend.

It was a team featuring many of the club's most promising Academy prospects who pushed the Tigers so hard last weekend before just missing out as Leicester edged it 26-24. However, this weekend's selection has a more familiar look about it.

It's a line-up which obviously has the return to Aviva Premiership action against Saracens in mind. Following the thrilling win at Bath, a number of the squad have had some time off and now need to get some rugby into their legs.

In fact, only Tom Hudson retains his place in the starting line-up, moving from centre to full-back.

Tim Taylor previewed the game from a coaching perspective and, despite defeat at Welford Road, admitted there were positives to take from the game.

"It was a really good effort from the boys, going up to Welford Road, always a tough place to go and play. We had some of the young boys out, and some coming back from injury for the first time, so it was a real good effort.

"Potentially we overplayed a little bit at times around our 22, but that's just the decision making on the pitch at the time. You never want to take that away from the boys, but it's just about getting the balance right. When we do get it right, we're a dangerous side.

"Obviously we've reviewed the Leicester game and looked at where we can improve and taken some good learnings from it. We've got good strength in the squad and good numbers on feet, so the boys are keen to get back out there and playing at Kingsholm.

"I don't know what side they'll bring up, they went pretty hard against Bath last weekend. But, whatever team they pick, they'll be good, they've got some good youngsters coming through that Academy so it'll be a tough challenge.”

Gloucester Rugby: 15. Tom Hudson; 14. Henry Purdy, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Val Rapava Ruskin, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Lewis Ludlow

Replacements: 16. James Hanson, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. Tom Savage, 20. Will Safe, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Lloyd Evans, 23. Andy Symons

Unavailable for selection: Mark Atkinson, Fraser Balmain, Tom Denton, Gareth Evans, Mariano Galarza, David Halaifonua, Tom Marshall, Paddy McAllister, Motu Matu'u, Matt Scott, Ben Morgan, Charlie Sharples, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward