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Gloucester Rugby name strong squad for West Country Derby with Bristol Bears on Friday night

Gloucester Rugby name strong squad for West Country Derby with Bristol Bears on Friday night
Lewis Ludlow will continue to skipper the Cherry & Whites, as George Skivington makes two changes to the starting line-up that ran out at Sixways last week.

Matt Garvey comes into the pack for his first start for the Club, and Louis Rees-Zammit is the second change to the starting 15, as the flying youngster starts at full-back.

On the bench, Franco Marais returns, and a debut awaits for on-loan lock, Danny Drake.

After impressive appearances last week, Academy duo Jack Clement and Stephen Varney retain their places on the bench.

Scrum-half, Joe Simpson, was under no illusions over the challenge Bristol pose as he spoke to the media earlier this week.

“They were really impressive at the weekend. We know that Bristol are going to be a completely different proposition, it’s going to be an interesting match and probably a good game to work out really where we are as a team.

We know that we’re going to have to be on our metal in defence as well as get excited in attack.”

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

  1. Louis Rees-Zammit, 14. Ollie Thorley, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Joe Simpson; 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Fraser Balmain, 4. Ed Slater, 5. Matt Garvey, 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Lewis Ludlow ©, 8. Jake Polledri


REPLACEMENTS

  1. Franco Marais, 17. Logovi’I Mulipola, 18. Jack Stanley, 19. Danny Drake, 20. Jack Clement, 21. Stephen Varney, 22. Tom Seabrook, 23. Charlie Sharples

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