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Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Castres Olympique

Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Castres Olympique
The Heineken Champions Cup kicks off this weekend across Europe, with the Cherry and Whites in action on Sunday afternoon, taking on the might of French Top 14 Champions Castres Olympique (KO 1pm)

After a strong performance last time out at the Ricoh Arena, the big tests come thick and fast as the Cherry and Whites return to the top table of European rugby for the first time in five seasons.

Here are a number of players to watch this weekend.

Tom Savage

Returning straight back into the starting lineup this weekend, the second row is primed and ready for action after an injury suffered in August. His defensive work rate will be key, in what will be a huge forward battle against the French Champions.

Tom Marshall

Another star of Cherry and White returning from injury, the Kiwi-born flyer is named on the wing for his first appearance of the season this weekend. Marshall will be part of the high tempo that Gloucester will try to keep, and threatening the stubborn Castres defence.

Ludovic Radosavljevic

The scrum half has been at the top of the European game for some time now, and possesses bags of big-game experience from his time with Clermont Auvergne. He will be keen to marshall his side around the pitch, and poses a threat around the fringes. 

Martin Laveau

Laveau scored twice at Kingsholm when in Bayonne colours two seasons ago, and knows where the try-line is. Backed this week ahead of the experienced David Smith, he will be one to keep a close eye on in Castres colours.

Last Time Out

Wasps Rugby 21-35 Gloucester Rugby

Castres Olympique 9-12 Stade Francais Paris

Team News

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Tom Marshall, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley, 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler, 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ben Morgan


16. Henry Walker, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Tom Savage, 20. Todd Gleave; 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Tom Hudson

Castres Olympique

15. Armand Batlle, 14. Martin Laveau, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Florian Vialelle, 11. Taylor Paris, 10. Julien Dumora, 9. Ludovic Raosavljevic; 1. Tudor Stroe, 2. Jody Jenneker, 3. Paea Fa’anunu; 4. Christophe Samson, 5. Loic Jacquet; 6. Mathieu Babillot, 7. Baptiste Delaporte, 8. Alex Tulou.


16. Paul Sauzaret, 17. Tapu Falatea, 18. Wilfrid Hounkpatin, 19. Steve Mafi, 20. Yannick Caballero, 21. Yohan Le Bourhis, 22. David Smith, 23. Rory Kockott

Match Officials

Referee: Marius Mitrea

Assistant Referees: Manuel Bottino & Gianluca Gnecchi. TMO: Stefano Penne.

How To Follow

This Sunday’s game is LIVE on BT Sport, and there will be live commentary via BBC Radio Gloucestershire who will in place at Kingsholm Stadium.

Follow all of the club channels for live updates on the Gloucester Rugby App, matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.

Enjoy the game!

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