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Gloucester Rugby name side to face Wasps at the Ricoh

Gloucester Rugby travel to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday to face Wasps in Round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership. The Cherry and Whites will be captained by Lewis Ludlow, with George Barton set to make his first Premiership start at fly-half.

Chris Harris returns from international duty and will link up with Billy Twelvetrees in the midfield with Ollie Thorley, Santiago Carreras and Kyle Moyle in the back three. Willi Heinz keeps the scrum half shirt and completes the back line.

In the forwards, Santiago Socino makes his first start for Gloucester Rugby at hooker with Alex Seville and Fraser Balmain packing down alongside him in the front row. Ed Slater and Matias Alemanno continue their partnership in the second row with George Skivington selecting the tried and tested back row of Jordy Reid, Ruan Ackermann and Lewis Ludlow.

Gloucester Rugby have a strong Academy presence on the bench with six of the eight replacements having come through the Gloucester Rugby Academy with 10 of the total match-day 23 coming through the Academy pathway.

Head Coach, George Skivington is more than aware of the challenge his squad faces tomorrow.

"Wasps have had varied form this season but they're a quality side. They were in the final last season and they play some great rugby, so they’ll be more than capable of doing that. We've got full respect for them and we've done our homework, but we've got so much we can improve on as a group that the focus is on us as it has been the last few weeks."

Gloucester Rugby

15. Kyle Moyle

14. Santiago Carreras

13. Chris Harris

12. Billy Twelvetrees

11. Ollie Thorley *

10. George Barton *

9. Willi Heinz

 

1. Alex Seville *

2. Santiago Socino

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Ed Slater

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Jordy Reid

7. Lewis Ludlow (c) *

8. Ruan Ackermann

 

16. Henry Walker *

17. Jamal Ford-Robinson

18. Jack Stanley

19. Alex Craig *

20. Jack Clement *

21. Charlie Chapman*

22. Tom Seabrook *

23. Charlie Sharples *

*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 Wasps

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