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George Skivington names side for Northampton Saints

George Skivington has named his side for Gloucester Rugby’s Round 18 trip to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

Georgian international Giorgi Kveseladze is set to make his first start in Cherry and White in the centre with Bryan O’Connor set to make his debut from the bench.

Matias Alemanno returns to the pack after the birth of his child and will link up with Ed Slater in the second row, behind the unchanged front row of Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain from last time out against Newcastle.

Jordy Reid starts at blindside flanker with Ruan Ackermann at No.8 and captain Lewis Ludlow on the openside.

In the backs, Mark Atkinson will link up with Kveseladze in the midfield with, recently announced Lion, Louis Rees-Zammit, Santiago Carreras and Kyle Moyle named as the back three. Charlie Chapman starts and scrum-half alongside Billy Twelvetrees who will wear the fly-half shirt.

Named as back replacements are Willi Heinz, George Barton and Tom Seabrook with Santiago Socino, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Bryan O’Connor, Ben Morgan and Jack Clement named as forward replacements.

George Skivington is expecting a tough challenge against Northampton Saints.

"They’re on fire at the moment. They’ve got good momentum and they had a tricky spell earlier in the year and they found their way through it and I think their players are certainly united on what they want to do and their game plan is working well for them. I think the conditions suit what they’re trying to do as well and they’re good to watch. A real tough challenge for us.

"We know there’s going to be a lot of running. The metres per minute are going to be high. They’ve really nailed their set piece and I think that’s really what’s nailed them on actually. I think they’ve been playing some good attacking rugby but their set piece has come on really well in the last few weeks and their defence around the tighter areas has been addressed. I expect a good running game of rugby and I expect it to be hard work."

Gloucester Rugby

15. Kyle Moyle

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Giorgi Kveseladze

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Santiago Carreras

10. Billy Twelvetrees

9. Charlie Chapman *


1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Jack Singleton

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Ed Slater

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Jordy Reid

7. Lewis Ludlow (c) *

8. Ruan Ackermann


16. Santiago Socino

17. Jamal Ford-Robinson

18. Bryan O’Connor

19. Ben Morgan

20. Jack Clement *

21. Willi Heinz

22. George Barton *

23. Tom Seabrook *

*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy

Click here to see the players who are unavailable for this fixture.

George Skivington looks ahead to Northampton

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