Gloucester welcome Bourgoin to Kingsholm looking to continue their 100% record in the competition.

Dean Ryan’s men along with London Irish are the only teams to remain unbeaten following their 31-7 win at the Stade Pierre Rajon in France.

Bourgoin will be buoyed by their 24-17 home win over Ulster and looking for a repeat performance on home soil in the third ever Heineken Cup tie against Pool leaders Gloucester.

The Pool 2 leaders have won 13 out of their last 15 matches at home in the tournament so should win this match convincingly.

While, the French side’s last victory on the road in the Heineken Cup was a 24-18 victory back in 2002 at Sale Sharks.

Gloucester welcome back wing Lesley Vainikolo for Pool 2 encounter.  Vainikolo returns following a family bereavement, with other changes seeing Iain Balshaw at full-back instead of shoulder injury victim Olly Morgan and blindside flanker Luke Narraway in for Alasdair Strokosch.

Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan said: “Lesley has been through a traumatic couple of weeks, and our thoughts have been with him.

“But I would like to think we are also capable of offering him plenty of support, and it is obviously great to have him back in the squad.

“This is a vital stage of the season, and we need our big-name players involved for a game of this magnitude.”