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Ben Morgan to skipper Gloucester Rugby against Saracens on Saturday

Ben Morgan to skipper Gloucester Rugby against Saracens on Saturday
It’s the last round of Gallagher Premiership action before European rugby takes centre stage, and Gloucester Rugby make six changes to their starting line-up for the visit of Saracens on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Ben Morgan captains the side.

It’s round four of the Gallagher Premiership, and Gloucester Rugby will be looking to finish this tranche of fixtures on a positive note before they turn their attentions to Europe next weekend.

The Cherry and Whites make half a dozen changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend. Freddie Clarke replaces Ed Slater in the second row, Slater having picked up a foot injury early on at Welford Road. And, in the back row, Jaco Kriel and Lewis Ludlow return to the starting line-up.

There are also three changes to the backs. Callum Braley gets the nod at scrum-half, Chris Harris will make his first start for the club at outside centre and Jason Woodward returns at full-back with Tom Marshall moving back on to the wing.

As he previewed the game this week with the media, Head Coach Johan Ackermann was unsure as to who will be in the opposition line-up, but knows that they will be a formidable proposition, whoever plays.

“The DNA is there, nothing will change that, they’re a tough side. They’ve built a culture around certain things that they believe in and they’ll always be good at challenging you. Whatever team they put out will be well drilled and well coached.

“We expect nothing less. Whatever team comes down will be a team that has a point to prove, and we have to look at ourselves as we can’t afford to play anything like we did last weekend.

“We have to be much better and be prepared for a Saracens side that will be well motivated. We can only control our side, who is going to play and how we prepare against a side that we have to respect if we’re going to beat them.”

Gloucester Rugby:

  1. Jason Woodward; 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Freddie Clarke, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Jaco Kriel, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan (capt)


  1. Corné Fourie, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Ruan Ackermann, 20. Jake Polledri, 21. Joe Simpson, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Matt Banahan

Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Dreyer, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Ciaran Knight, Franco Mostert, Ed Slater, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams
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