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Shoguns head coach Peter Thorburn names the same 22-man squad that scored six tries against NEC Harlequins two weeks ago.

Leading try-scorer Brendon Daniel misses out after picking up a knock in training this week. Daniel, who has scored seven Premiership tries this year, was set to return to the squad this week after missing eight weeks with a broken thumb.

Commenting on the club's official site, Thorburn said: "Brendon trained well this week, but he took a knock on his thumb and had it X-rayed. It's only bruised, but it would be silly to risk him when we've got Phil Christophers, David Rees and Jamie Williams available.

"On a positive note both Craig Short (foot) and Neil McCarthy (knee) are going very well on their returns from injury."

There is also set to be a warm reception for former Shoguns head coach Dean Ryan who will be arriving under the Gloucester banner for the first time.

Thorburn said: "As everyone would expect there has been a lot of attention thrown towards Dean's return.

"Dean arriving as coach of Gloucester will mean something to some of the players as he was influential in bringing a lot of them to the Club. He was here for four years as a player and coach, which is a long time.

"The team is basically the team he put in place, so he'll know all the ins and outs. To him it'll just be another game, as it is to us, and it's a chance to get championship points.

"To Gloucester it'll be a chance to go further clear at the top of the table and to us it is an opportunity to get further clear from the bottom. So it's a good mix."

Bristol Shoguns (squad): Paul Johnstone, Andrew Sheridan, Chris Rowland, Saul Nelson, Darren Crompton, Garath Archer (captain), Scott Morgan, Alex Brown, Michael Lipman, Ross Beattie, Rhys Oakley, Matt Salter, Peter Richards, Agustin Pichot, Shane Drahm, Felipe Contepomi, Phil Christophers, Daryl Gibson, Andrew Higgins, David Rees, Jamie Williams, Lee Best.

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

* Selected tickets for the game are still available from the Shoguns Ticket Hotline on 0117 311 1461 and from the match-day ticket office on Sunday from 12 noon.

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