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Gloucester Rugby set for Challenge Cup trip to Newport

Fixture Information 

Venue – Rodney Parade

VS – Dragons

Kick off – Saturday 9 April, 8pm

Coverage – BBC Radio Gloucestershire / S4C

Team News

Gloucester Rugby travel to Newport to face the Dragons on Saturday in the final pool game of the European Challenge Cup.

Gloucester Rugby have already secured a home round of 16 fixture but George Skivington will be hoping his side get a good run out against a strong Dragons side.

Kyle Moyle starts at fullback with Ollie Thorley returning to the starting line-up opposite Louis Rees-Zammit on the other wing.

Tom Seabrook is handed the 13 shirt with Billy Twelvetrees at 12. George Barton starts at fly-half with Ben Meehan at scrumhalf.

In the forwards, Harry Elrington, Santiago Socino and Kirill Gotovtsev make up the front row with Andrew Davidson coming in to partner Freddie Clarke in the second row.

Jordy Reid and Harry Taylor are the two flankers with Ben Morgan returning to the starting line up at No.8.

There is a strong list of replacements with Henry Walker, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Bryan O’Connor, Alex Craig and Ruan Ackermann offering backup for the forwards with Charlie Chapman, Louis Hillman-Cooper and Santiago Carreras covering the backs.

George Skivington isn’t underestimating the challenge.  

“They’ve obviously got a good number of internationals coming back into the squad after the Six Nations who haven’t played for them much this season. They’ll be strong and both teams have got something that they want to get out of this game and momentum will be key for both.

“I expect it to be a very physical day and a very tough day. It’s a different challenge for us and it’s one we’ll embrace.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Kyle Moyle

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Tom Seabrook *

12. Billy Twelvetrees (c)

11. Ollie Thorley *

10. George Barton *

9. Ben Meehan


1. Harry Elrington

2. Santiago Socino

3. Kirill Gotovtsev

4. Freddie Clarke *

5. Andrew Davidson

6. Jordy Reid

7. Harry Taylor *

8. Ben Morgan


16. Henry Walker *

17. Jamal Ford-Robinson

18. Bryan O’Connor *

19. Alex Craig *

20. Ruan Ackermann

21. Charlie Chapman *

22. Louis Hillman-Cooper *

23. Santiago Carreras  

*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy.

George Skivington looks ahead to Dragons

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