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Gloucester Rugby name team with strong Academy presence for trip to Harlequins

George Skivington has selected a blend of experience and youth for Gloucester Rugby’s trip to Harlequins in Round 14 of the Gallagher Premiership.

The Cherry and Whites will be captained by Matt Garvey with 15 of the match day 23 either coming from or graduating from the Gloucester Rugby Academy.

Isaac Marsh, Freddie Thomas and Matty Jones are set to make their first Gallagher Premiership appearances off the bench with Ethan Hunt starting at hooker for his first Premiership game.

Hunt is joined by the experienced Val Rapava-Ruskin and Fraser Balmain in the front row with Matt Garvey and Oliver Atkins behind them at second row.

In the backrow, Jack Clement and Freddie Clarke are named as flankers with Ben Morgan making his first start of the season at No. 8.

In the backs, Charlie Chapman links up with George Barton at half back. Matt Banahan and Henry Trinder add some experience in the midfield with Jacob Morris starting on the wing after impressing in his first Premiership start last weekend. Tom Seabrook and Charlie Sharples complete the back three.

George Skivington is hoping that his side show their character in the upcoming games.

“I think with Quins and Exeter, they’ll be a real test of character. We’ve lost games by small margins and we’ve won games by small margins. We’re really getting the way we want to play and the team is really coming together as a group of competitive lads. I’d like to see, certainly at the end of these three weeks, the character of the team.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Charlie Sharples *

14. Tom Seabrook *

13. Henry Trinder *

12. Matt Banahan

11. Jacob Morris *

10. George Barton *

9. Charlie Chapman *

 

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Ethan Hunt *

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Matt Garvey (c)

5. Oliver Atkins

6. Freddie Clarke *

7. Jack Clement *

8. Ben Morgan

 

16. Todd Gleave

17. Alex Seville *

18. Jamal Ford-Robinson

19. Freddie Thomas *

20. Joe Howard *

21. Matty Jones *

22. Isaac Marsh *

23. Alex Morgan *

*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 Harlequins