28 January 2005
Gloucester welcome back Phil Vickery to the side to face Worcester in the 13,000 sell-out Zurich Premiership derby at Kingsholm on Saturday.
The 28 year-old tight-head missed last weekend's cup win over Bristol through flu, and will join Terry Sigley and Welsh international hooker Mefin Davies in the front row.
Tongan wing Seti Kiole continues on the left wing in place of James Simpson-Daniel, who misses out (shoulder).
The second-row also sees a change with Peter Buxton coming in for Adam Eustace, who hasn't trained all week due to flu.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Andy Gomarsall, who continues his half-back partnership with Duncan McRae, was in determined mood ahead of Gloucester's fourth successive 13,000 capacity crowd since the start of January.
"The result against Stade Francais two weeks ago has to be a turning point. Not should be, it has to be, there's no doubt about that.
"We learnt a lot from that. We've got to build on the result against Bristol last weekend, and ensure we get up the Premiership table."
Gloucester beat Worcester 18-13 in the first Premiership meeting between the two sides back in October, and 30 year-old Gomarsall knows it'll be another big game for the Kingsholm club.
"We had a few problems early on against Worcester up at Sixways, and the start will be key to us on Saturday.
"Worcester will be a tough nut to crack, as they've got a good set of experienced players up front."
Gomarsall's half-back partner Duncan McRae hasn't played in the Premiership since the away win at Sixways in October after neck and knee injuries, but returned to first team action in the Heineken Cup two weekends ago.
The 30 year-old Aussie was quick to point out that Gloucester need to start moving up the league if they're to hit that top three slot.
"To be brutally honest, it was just good to get back to winning ways last weekend. Everyone knows Worcester have impressed this season. They put us under a lot of pressure at Sixways, and they've had some good results so far. We've got to look at climbing the ladder in the Zurich now."
The former South Wales Waratahs stand-off has been feeding off the superb support from the city of Gloucester and the fans ever since his arrival 16 months ago.
"Every player wants to play in front of a packed stadium, and it's a privilege to do that week-in-week-out at Kingsholm. Everyone has been superb, and in fairness, some of our recent results haven't deserved the support that we've actually had."
James Simpson-Daniel went through a series of strength tests on his shoulder this week and it was decided that the winger should sit-out Saturday's game, with his likely return being against NEC Harlequins next weekend.
15. Jon Goodridge
14. Marcel Garvey
13. Terry Fanolua
12. Henry Paul
11. Seti Kiole
10. Duncan McRae
9. Andy Gomarsall
1. Terry Sigley
2. Mefin Davies
3. Phil Vickery
4. Peter Buxton
5. Alex Brown
6. Jake Boer
7. Andy Hazell
8. Adam Balding
Replacements to be selected from:
James Parkes, Nick Wood, Christo Bezuidenhout, Mark Cornwell, James Forrester, Alex Page, Nathan Mauger, and Mark Foster.
Worcester Warriors Team News
Worcester warriors announce their team to play Gloucester, at Kingsholm, on Saturday 29th January 2005, kick off 3.00pm.
15. Thinus DELPORT
14. Giscard PIETERS
13. Dale RASMUSSEN
12. Thomas LOMBARD
11. Ben HINSHELWOOD
10. James BROWN
9. Matt POWELL
8. Brad MACLEOD-HENDERSON
7. Pat SANDERSON (capt)
6. Drew HICKEY
5. Craig GILLIES
4. Tim COLLIER
3. Chris HORSMAN
2. Andre Van NIEKERK
1. Tony WINDO
16. Lee FORTEY 17. Phil MURPHY 18. Chris HALL 19. Neil MASON 20. Neil COLE 21. Tommy HAYES 22. Daren O'LEARY
GLOUCESTER V WORCESTER WARRIORS
29 Jan, Kingsholm, 3pm
Summary of meetings between the teams in the Premiership:
Gloucester Won 1 100.0%;
Worcester Warriors Won 0 0%;
Drawn 0 0%;
Biggest Win for Gloucester 18 - 13 16 Oct 2004;
Gloucester top try scorer vs Worcester Warriors Henry Paul 1 tries;
Gloucester top points scorer vs Worcester Warriors Henry Paul 10 points;
Worcester Warriors top try scorer vs Gloucester Tony Windo 1 tries;
Worcester Warriors top points scorer vs Gloucester James Brown 8 points.
16 Oct 2004 ZP Gloucester vs Worcester Warriors 18 - 13 Sixways
Gloucester's 21-0 defeat of National One outfit Bristol in the cup last weekend ended a run of four successive defeats in all competitions since they won at Leicester in the cup on 18 December. The Cherry & Whites have recorded just one victory from their last six Premiership matches - 24-14 against Sale on 26 November.
Worcester have lost only one of their last four Premiership matches - 7-50 at Leicester on 27 December, whilst claiming the scalps of Northampton, Wasps and London Irish in the process.
Gloucester won the only previous Premiership match they have played against the Warriors - 18-13 at Sixways on 16 October, and also won the only time that Worcester have played at Kingsholm - 31-17 in the 4th round of the cup in January 1999.