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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester select Steve Monahan for Friday night clash with Leicester
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Gloucester have made five changes as they look to bounce back to winning ways when they take on Leicester at Kingsholm on Friday night.
The Cherry and Whites paied the price for an ill-disciplined performance at the Twickenham Stoop last time out, having three players sin-binned as they went down to a 27-19 defeat to Harlequins.
They were also beaten in Aviva Premiership action the last time they played in front of their own fans, slipping to a 32-30 defeat against Wasps, and have not tasted success in league action since toppling Newcastle in September.
Looking for a change of fortune, director of rugby Nigel Davies has opted to recall Darren Dawidiuk, Lua Lokotui, Dan Robson and Henry Trinder to his starting line-up.
There is also a place in the side for Shane Monahan, with the winger to make his first start of the campaign in place of the injured Charlie Sharples.
"It's always a huge game in its own right, but it's particularly important for us at this stage where we're desperate for a win," said Davies. "We've not performed anywhere near the levels we expect of ourselves and we need this win. It's a crucial fixture for us.
"Leicester are very set piece orientated, they play a set piece game, they play it very well. They'll come here with a physical edge and look to squeeze us at the set piece. That's what they do week in, week out.
"But they've also got a lot of quality in their side that can take advantage of the opportunities that that pressure creates. It's a tried and trusted formula and they do it very well."
Leicester, meanwhile, welcome back Blaine Scully and Marcos Ayerza from international duty.
The pair go straight into the starting XV, with Argentina prop Ayerza packing down alongside England and British and Irish Lions duo Tom Youngs and Dan Cole in the front row.
With Matt Smith injured in the win over London Irish last Saturday, Adam Thompstone joins Dan Bowden at centre. Teenager Javiah Pohe will provide back-up for the midfield positions from the bench.
The Tigers know just how their hosts are feeling right now - they had failed to register a victory in three successive league outings before their 20-11 triumph over the Exiles, though even then they needed two controversial penalty tries.
"We battled through the game against London Irish last week to take the points, though we can play a lot better," said Leicester boss Richard Cockerill.
"We needed that win after a couple of disappointing results but the squad will be better for it and we know we need to push on from there."
Gloucester: 15 Cook, 14 Monahan, 13 Trinder, 12 Twelvetrees, 11 May, 10 Burns, 9 Robson; 1 Wood, 2 Dawidiuk, 3 Knight, 4 Lokotui, 5 Hudson, 6 Savage (capt), 7 Kvesic, 8 Morgan
Replacements: 16 Edmonds, 17 Thomas, 18 Harden, 19 Stooke, 20 Cox, 21 Cowan, 22 Tindall, 23 Thomas.
Leicester: 15 Hamilton, 14 Scully, 13 Thompstone, 12 Bowden, 11 Benjamin, 10 Flood (c), 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Ayerza, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Cole, 4 Deacon, 5 Kitchener, 6 Gibson, 7 Salvi, 8 Waldrom, .
Replacements: 16 Briggs, 17 Stankovich, 18 Balmain, 19 De Chaves, 20 Crane, 21 Harrison, 22 Williams, 23 Pohe.
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|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|13:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
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|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
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|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
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|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
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|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
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