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Melville To Name Virtually Unchanged Squad.

31 October 2002

Gloucester Rugby

Melville To Name Virtually Unchanged Squad.

Gloucester v Northampton Saints 2nd Nov Team News

Despite succumbing to first loss of the season, Nigel Melville is likely to keep faith with the side that battled so hard for a point at Adam’s Park last weekend.

The only injury doubt over the squad at the moment is Simon Amor. The half back signed from Cambridge university in the summer damaged a clavicle in Gloucester United’s clash with Plymouth Albion at Kingsholm on Monday night.

His place in the squad is likely to go to Tom Beim who had a very strong game for the United on Monday night.

This means that despite leaving the field against Wasps in some discomfort, French fly-half Ludovic Mercier will take his place at 10 on Saturday.

Northampton Saints meanwhile have announced that veteran wing Jon Sleightholme will start on the wing at Kingsholm

Sleightholme will take the place of Spanish wing Oriol Ripol. The other major change from the side that beat London Irish last weekend has been the reintroduction in the starting XV of lock Jon Phillips, who has replaced Steve Williams. The latter is due to be called up by Wales to play against Romania on Friday night.

Head coach Wayne Smith said: "Oriol has played really well but I feel he needs freshening up. I also made the change after Jon Sleightholme played well for the Wanderers on Monday."

Smith added: "We have got good honesty in the squad and we know what wins rugby games. We are not outcome orientated and we will be proud of ourselves even if we do not win Saturday’s game, as long as we go out and play the way we are aiming to."

Gloucester Squad

Tom Beim

Thinus Delport

Terry Fanolua

Marcel Garvey

Andy Gomarsall

Ludovic Mercier

Henry Paul

James Simpson-Daniel

Clive Stuart-Smith

Robert Todd

Olivier Azam

Jake Boer

Peter Buxton

Mark Cornwell

Andy Deacon

Adam Eustace

James Forrester

Chris Fortey

Junior Paramore

Ed Pearce

Phil Vickery C

Trevor Woodman

Northampton Saints:

15 NICK BEAL

14 JON SLEIGHTHOLME

13 Mark Tucker

12 JOHN LESLIE (capt)

11 BEN COHEN

10 PAUL GRAYSON

9 MATT DAWSON

1 TOM SMITH

2 STEVE THOMPSON

3 Robbie Morris

4 Jon Phillips

5 MARK CONNORS

6 ANDREW BLOWERS

7 BUDGE POUNTNEY

8 Grant Seely

Replacements:

16 Chris Budgen

17 MATT STEWART

18 Rob Hunter

19 Grant Seely

20 Johnny Howard

21 James Brooks

22 Chris Hyndman

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