Moseley give a full debut to Canadian international Oliver Atkinson today as they look to bounce back from last weekend's mauling at Northampton Saints.

The big second row gets his first start in place of Richard Stott who was just one of several victims of the Battle of Franklin's Gardens and having been knocked out, has not been considered for this afternoon's visit of Exeter Chiefs.

While Stott is unavailable for fitness reasons prop Neil Bayliss will be absent having been banned for two weeks following his red card for fighting with Simon Emms.

Both could be in further hot water when the go up before a disciplinary panel next month as could Northampton's Mark Robinson who, Moseley allege, had more than a little to do with Stott's state of unconsciousness.

However, one man's bad luck is another's good and having had a couple of starts in the A team Atkinson comes in against one of the most nuggety packs in National One.

It will be an instructive exercise to see how he fares against such experienced opposition, though the things he must have seen locking down for Stade Bordelais will stand him in good stead.

Certainly Ian Smith has no qualms about throwing the 26-year-old into the game.

"He is a big man. He is very raw and has a lot to learn but he is a tremendous prospect," the head coach said.

"He's a second row or six so gives us that flexibility in the back five. He's been with us three or four weeks and he's had to learn our systems, everything the others have been doing for four years so it's going to be difficult for him. But as the season goes on he will go from strength to strength."

Smith is looking for a response after his octet failed impose themselves in their previous outing when Northampton put ten tries on the scoreboard.

"As a group of forwards we did not front up last week so this is a good game for us to have," he said. "Exeter will put us under pressure with a good set piece and the fact they are very, very physical.

"We have got to bring some emotion and passion to the game. We look great in training and have good sessions with Gloucester but we have got to understand it's about what we do on a Saturday that counts."

Atkinson is not the only debutant. Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples comes in for Mark Foster - whose four tries in three games make him the division's leading scorer - after the latter injured a pectoral during a weights session.

Ross McMillan starts at hooker with Adam Caves, whose training has been curtailed by a cold, moving to the bench. Kingsholm duo Ali James and Jack Adams continue in the centre.