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George Skivington excited to see young guns in action

Gloucester Rugby travel to Ashton Gate for the final pool game of the Premiership Rugby Cup on Wednesday and ahead of the fixture, head coach George Skivington previewed the game.

On preparing for a midweek game

“We started preparing halfway through last week and Tim Taylor and Trevor Woodman have done a great job getting the boys ready. They’ve had a team run today so they are ready to go.”

On the importance of the Prem Cup

“There’s been limited rugby for young guys this year. All clubs have suffered with that and have tried to find solutions. We’ve had guys out on loan and have had a couple of games in house and the young lads train with the first team anyway. We’re very much one big group and they are used to the intensity of what we’re doing.

“It’s exciting for them to get out on the field and get out as a group and there’s some good experience in there as well, some good Prem experience and some good international experience as well. There’s plenty of leadership within the group.

“They’re a very tight knit group and I’m very proud of how they’ve come on especially in this past nine months, particularly the young lads.

“I’m excited to see them get out there.”

On the young Gloucester Rugby players coming through

“They don’t look out of place training with the first team and that’s really important for us. It’s something that we really want to develop and we want some depth in the squad and we want to be able to back these young lads.

“We saw Louis Hillman-Cooper come on and score against Sale and George Barton has had a couple of outstanding games. The guys who have come in and out, they don’t look out of place and we’re growing that nicely.”

On Bristol Bears

“We all know Bristol. They play an expansive style of rugby and we know that you can’t switch off against them. They’ve got a strong set piece as well which is good.

“In Prem Cup games, you’re never sure what sort of team you’re going to come up against. A lot of the young guys on both teams will know each other from various age grade stuff which is good.

“The boys have been very focused and they’re in a good spot.”

George Skivington looks ahead to Bristol Bears

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