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Mark Atkinson set for 150th Gloucester Rugby appearance against Newcastle Falcons

Fixture Information 

Venue – Kingsholm Stadium

VS – Newcastle Falcons

Kick off – Saturday 23 October, 3:00pm 

Team News

Mark Atkinson will line up at inside centre this Saturday as he makes his 150th Gloucester Rugby appearance as the Cherry and Whites welcome Newcastle Falcons to Kingsholm.

George Skivington has made two changes to the starting 15 that drew 25-25 with London Irish last time out with Jason Woodward and Lloyd Evans returning to the line-up.

Woodward returns at fullback alongside Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonny May with Atkinson linking up again with Chris Harris in the midfield.

Evans is given the starting 10 shirt and will partner Ben Meehan at halfback.

The forward pack remains unchanged and will be looking to build on the recent success of the driving maul.

Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Kirill Gotovtsev pack down in the front row with Freddie Clarke and Matias Alemanno at lock.

Ruan Ackermann, Ben Morgan and captain, Lewis Ludlow, make up the backrow.

Returning to the bench is Fraser Balmain, Andrew Davidson and Stephen Varney with Satiago Socino, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Jack Clement, Billy Twelvetrees and Santiago Carreras all set to make an impact when called upon.

George Skivington is looking forward to the game.

"Newcastle are a tough outfit. They started really well last year and I think they've built on that this year and they are better than they were last year. They're playing really good rugby and they're a good team who work really hard and are very physical. They're very competent across the board with some star dust in their as well. They've got quite a few boys in the England squad which speaks volumes for where they are at as a club."

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Chris Harris

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Jonny May *

10. Lloyd Evans *

9. Ben Meehan

 

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Jack Singleton

3. Kirill Gotovtsev

4. Freddie Clarke *

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Ruan Ackermann

7. Lewis Ludlow (c) *

8. Ben Morgan

 

16. Santiago Socino

17. Jamal Ford-Robinson

18. Fraser Balmain

19. Andrew Davidson

20. Jack Clement *

21. Stephen Varney *

22. Billy Twelvetrees

23. Santiago Carreras

*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy

George Skivington looks ahead to Newcastle Falcons

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