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Gloucester Rugby’s team to face Bristol Bears

Gloucester Rugby announce team for Round 9 of the Gallagher Premiership.

George Skivington has named his side to face Bristol Bears in the West Country derby on Friday night.

Ben Morgan makes a welcome return from injury and is named on the bench alongside Santiago Socino who is set to make his debut for Gloucester Rugby.

The backline is unchanged from the last fixture against London Irish with Willi Heinz starting at scrum half and Billy Twelvetrees at 10. Mark Atkinson and Henry Trinder link up in the midfield with Ollie Thorley, Jason Woodward and Santiago Carreras in the back three.

There are five changes in the forwards from last week with Val Rapava-Ruskin, Henry Walker and Fraser Balmain starting in the front row with Matt Garvey and Matias Alemanno behind them at lock.

In the back row, Jamie Gibson starts at blindside flanker with Freddie Clarke starting at No.8 and Lewis Ludlow, who continues the captaincy, wearing the seven shirt.  

Gloucester Rugby has named a strong bench with Giorgi Kveseladze looking to follow up his impressive performance on debut. Kyle Moyle, Charlie Chapman, Alex Craig, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Alex Seville are all listed as replacements. 

Speaking in the week, George Skivington knows how tough a test Bristol will be.

"It doesn’t get much tougher than Bristol who are top of the league and they play great rugby. They are a tough team to analyse because they have scored a lot of maul tries, they have scored a lot of wonder tries out the back, there is a lot of variation in what they do.

"They are coached very, very well. It is exciting because it is a local derby and they are currently the best team in the country and it is going to be another level to test ourselves.

"I am expecting they will be disappointed with the result last week and I am expecting a sharp Bristol team, a team who are not used to losing to have probably not had an enjoyable week. I am certain they will come here sharp and looking to make amends.

“They’ve got stardust all over the place in the squad and there’s plenty of threats even without Semi Radradra on the field.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward

14. Santiago Carreras

13. Henry Trinder *

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Ollie Thorley *

10. Billy Twelvetrees

9. Willi Heinz


1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Henry Walker *

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Matt Garvey

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Jamie Gibson

7. Lewis Ludlow (c) *

8. Freddie Clarke *


16. Santiago Socino

17. Alex Seville *

18. Jamal Ford-Robinson

19. Alex Craig *

20. Ben Morgan

21. Charlie Chapman *

22. Giorgi Kveseladze

23. Kyle Moyle

*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

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