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Five changes to Gloucester Rugby starting line-up for visit of Harlequins

Five changes to Gloucester Rugby starting line-up for visit of Harlequins
Gloucester Rugby make five changes to their starting line-up, three in the backs and two in the forwards, as they name their side for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm).

In the back line, Tom Hudson, Mark Atkinson and Ben Vellacott will all make their first starts of the season with Jason Woodward, Billy Twelvetrees and Callum Braley named amongst the replacements.

In the pack, James Hanson comes in for Franco Marais at hooker while Ben Morgan is named at number eight with Ruan Ackermann having failed to recover from the knock he picked up at Saracens last Sunday.

Both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways having lost last weekend. Quins have won just one of their four fixtures to date, and Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Johan Ackermann has some sympathy for Quins’ new Head of Rugby Paul Gustard but is also wary of the threat they pose.

“It’s always difficult when you come in late as a coach or a Director of Rugby and to get your philosophy and style over, especially when the competition starts and you feel the pressure of performing on top of you.

“But it also makes them a dangerous side because they’re going to be a desperate side who want to come and pick up points. They also haven’t lost any game by massive margins, so they’ve always been in the game in the first four rounds and one or two moments have cost them.

“They still have quality players so we can’t read too much into their form. We have to look at ourselves, we weren’t good enough last Sunday and have to rectify that.”

Gloucester Rugby:

  1. Tom Hudson; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Matt Banahan; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Ben Vellacott; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater (capt), 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan


Replacements:

  1. Franco Marais, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Jason Woodward


Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Ackermann, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Willi Heinz, Jaco Kriel, Tom Marshall, Paddy McAllister, Henry Purdy, Val Rapava Ruskin, Tom Savage, Ollie Thorley
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