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Gloucester Rugby name side for season finale with Northampton Saints

Gloucester Rugby name side for season finale with Northampton Saints
Gloucester Rugby welcome Northampton Saints to Kingsholm this Sunday, for the final game of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership season.

Lewis Ludlow continues to skipper the Cherry & Whites as George Skivington makes 5 changes to the side that took on Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Ed Slater and Freddie Clarke come into the starting pack in the place of Matt Garvey and Ruan Ackermann respectively, who drop to the bench. Jake Polledri returns to the number 8 shirt, with Clarke occupying the blind-side flanker spot.

Louis Rees-Zammit comes in for Ollie Thorley on the right wing, in an otherwise unchanged back line.

On the bench, Australian hooker James Hanson returns for Gloucester Rugby after a lengthy lay-off through injury. Mark Atkinson comes in amongst the replacements in place of Tom Seabrook having missed out at Bath.

George Skivington knows there is still plenty riding on the game, with a place in the European Champions Cup still up for grabs.

“Europe is obviously on the radar, and we know how important the game is from that perspective. We will have to fight hard to get there, and the results in the background will take care of themselves” said Skivington.

“From a coaching perspective, our emphasis is making sure we’ve got everything out of learning this squad, because that is the window of opportunity we’ve had during this period and I want to make sure we maximise that with this last opportunity.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Matt Banahan
14. Louis Rees-Zammit
13. Chris Harris
12. Billy Twelvetrees
11. Jonny May
10. Lloyd Evans
9. Willi Heinz

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin
2. Jack Singleton
3. Fraser Balmain
4. Ed Slater
5. Matias Alemanno
6. Freddie Clarke
7. Lewis Ludlow ©
8. Jake Polledri


16. James Hanson
17. Corne Fourie
18. Jack Stanley
19. Matt Garvey
20. Ruan Ackermann
21. Joe Simpson
22. Mark Atkinson
23. Ollie Thorley
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