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Gloucester Rugby name team for Newcastle Falcons

Fixture Information 

Venue – Kingston Park

VS – Newcastle Falcons

Kick off – Saturday 29 January, 3pm

Coverage – BT Sport and BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Team News

George Skivington has made seven changes to the starting 15 that beat USA Perpignan last time out with Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton, Ruan Ackermann, Charlie Chapman, Billy Twelvetrees, Santiago Carreras and Lloyd Evans all returning to the starting lineup.

Ollie Thorley keeps his place on the wing and is joined in the back three by Lloyd Evans at 15 and Santiago Carreras who wears the 14 shirt.

Chris Harris and Billy Twelvetrees link up in the centre with Charlie Chapman being given the starting 9 shirt alongside Adam Hastings at 10.

In the forwards, Fraser Balmain starts at tighthead with Val Rapava-Ruskin and Jack Singleton completing the front row. Ed Slater and Freddie Clarke continue their partnership at lock with Ruan Ackermann returning at No.8 to make up the backrow alongside Jordy Reid and Lewis Ludlow.

There is an exciting list of names on the bench with Santiago Socino, Harry Elrington, Kirill Gotovtsev, Andrew Davidson and Jack Clement covering the forwards and Stephen Varney, Giorgi Kveseladze and Louis Rees-Zammit named as back replacements.

George Skivington is looking forward to the trip up to Newcastle.

"Newcastle play some really tough rugby. They work extremely hard and are a tight unit and they are really gritty. They make things really hard and our record up there isn’t amazing so we know we’ve got to be well prepared and work as hard as we can to stay on task with our game and see where that takes us."

Gloucester Rugby

15. Lloyd Evans

14. Santiago Carreras

13. Chris Harris

12. Billy Twelvetrees

11. Ollie Thorley *

10. Adam Hastings

9. Charlie Chapman *


1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Jack Singleton

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Ed Slater

5. Freddie Clarke *

6. Jordy Reid

7. Lewis Ludlow (c) *

8. Ruan Ackermann


16. Santiago Socino

17. Harry Elrington

18. Kirill Gotovtsev

19. Andrew Davidson

20. Jack Clement *

21. Stephen Varney *

22. Giorgi Kveseladze

23. Louis Rees-Zammit *

*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy

George Skivington looks ahead to Newcastle Falcons

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