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Gloucester Rugby’s team for Boxing Day trip to Sandy Park

George Skivington has selected a largely unchanged Gloucester Rugby team from the side that beat Ulster 38-34 at Kingsholm last time out.

The Cherry and Whites travel down to Sandy Park to take on Exeter Chiefs on Boxing Day in Round Four of the Gallagher Premiership.

Jonny May and Fraser Balmain come in and are the only two changes to the starting 15 with Tom Seabrook also joining the 23 on the bench.

Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain make up the front row with Ed Slater and Matias Alemanno continuing their second row partnership behind them.

It’s an unchanged backrow with Jordy Reid starting at blindside flanker, Ruan Ackermann at No.8 and Lewis Ludlow resuming the captaincy from the openside.

In the backs, Charlie Chapman and Lloyd Evans continue to link up at halfback with the trusty centre combination of Mark Atkinson and Chris Harris outside them.

Jonny May returns and will make up a speedy back three with Kyle Moyle and Louis Rees-Zammit.

Jordy Reid spoke in the week of the confidence the Cherry & Whites will take into the game.

“We’re definitely confident. We’re riding a bit of a high after the win at the weekend but I think our challenge now is to back it up with a good result back to back. We haven’t done that this season yet so that’s the challenge.

“They won the double last year so they’re obviously a class outfit but we think we’ve got the squad that can give this competition a real shake so we’re confident in our own ability.”  

Gloucester Rugby

15. Kyle Moyle

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Chris Harris

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Jonny May *

10. Lloyd Evans *

9. Charlie Chapman *


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. Ciaran Knight *

19. Alex Craig *

20. Seb Nagle-Taylor

21. Toby Venner *

22. George Barton *

23. Ollie Thorley (late change for Tom Seabrook) *


*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy

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