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Gloucester Rugby name team to travel to Ashton Gate for Bristol Bears encounter

George Skivington has made one change to the starting 15 that beat Northampton Saints last time out with Willi Heinz taking the nine shirt to start at scrum-half.

Gloucester Rugby travel to Ashton Gate to play Bristol Bears in Round 19 of the Gallagher Premiership, which sees supporters return to stadiums.

The pack is unchanged with Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain starting in the front row and Ed Slater and Matias Alemanno at lock. Jordy Reid, Ruan Ackermann and captain Lewis Ludlow make up the backrow.

Heinz partners with Billy Twelvetrees at half back with Mark Atkinson linking up with Giorgi Kveseladze, who impressed on debut last time out, in the midfield.

Santiago Carreras, Louis Rees-Zammit and Kyle Moyle make up the back three.

There is a strong presence on the bench with Henry Walker, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Jack Stanley, Ben Morgan and Jack Clement named as forward replacements.

Stephen Varney, Lloyd Evans and Ollie Thorley make up the back replacements.

George Skivington is looking forward to taking on the side at the top of the table.

“Bristol are top of the league and they’re playing some fantastic rugby. Pat Lam has built a brilliant squad who put brilliant systems in place that make them extremely hard to analyse and play against. They’ve obviously got some high-profile players, but Bristol is a lot more than that. Their set piece is extremely strong and what’s impressive is that with the systems that Pat has put in place, it doesn’t matter who comes in and plays. They can just fill the spot and they know what they’re doing and they’re accurate. There’s a lot of guys in the Bristol team who don’t get mentions but Pat gets the absolute maximum out of them and from a coaching point of view, that’s what I find most impressive.

“There’s no doubt about it. If you give Bristol an inch, they’re going to take it and they’ve got a very complete game which means you have to be on your toes for 80 minutes because you can’t switch off in any area because they are very accomplished across the field.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Kyle Moyle

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Giorgi Kveseladze

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Santiago Carreras

10. Billy Twelvetrees

9. Willi Heinz


1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Jack Singleton

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. Ben Morgan

20. Jack Clement *

21. Stephen Varney *

22. Lloyd Evans *

23. Ollie Thorley *

*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 Bristol