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Gloucester Rugby make one change for Saturday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby make one change for Saturday’s trip to Wasps
Looking to bounce back from last week’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby defeat at home to Harlequins, Gloucester Rugby make just one change to their starting line-up with Billy Twelvetrees partnering Mark Atkinson in midfield.

Twelvetrees, who has contributed 43 points to Gloucester Rugby’s Premiership campaign so far, comes in for Henry Trinder at outside centre in the only change to the Cherry and Whites’ starting line-up.

And there is just the one change to the replacements bench as well, Owen Williams replacing Twelvetrees.

Previewing the game at the club’s midweek media session, Head Coach Johan Ackermann acknowledged Wasps’ quality.

“They’re one of the top teams in the competition and have been for numerous seasons now. They’ve been in finals and are already in third place in the table.

“Our whole game must be better than it has been in the last two weeks. We can’t give away ball like we have done as they have X factor throughout the team, and defensively we have to be very strong as they’ve got players who can break you.”

And pressed on whether former Wasps player, Danny Cipriani had offered any particular insights?

“Danny has focused on his own job here, and we’ve focused on the way that we want to play. We’re not there yet, we’re making errors and lose a bit of composure in certain areas of the field.

“I’m not a big believer in getting too involved in other teams, you have to do your own stuff well.”

Gloucester Rugby:

  1. Tom Hudson; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 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. Owen Williams, 23. Jason Woodward


Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Ackermann, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Willi Heinz, Jaco Kriel, Paddy McAllister, Henry Purdy, Val Rapava Ruskin, Will Safe, Ollie Thorley
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