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Two changes for Gloucester Rugby for Saturday’s visit of Bath Rugby

Two changes for Gloucester Rugby for Saturday’s visit of Bath Rugby
Gloucester Rugby welcome local rivals Bath Rugby to Kingsholm for the latest round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby action on Saturday (kick off 3pm), and make two changes to their starting line-up.

With only four rounds of Gallagher Premiership action remaining, every remaining game is important and the fact that it’s a local derby just adds a little extra spice to the occasion.

The Cherry and Whites are able to name an unchanged pack from the side that started away at Northampton Saints last Sunday. However, further injuries to the back line mean that Gloucester Rugby have to reshuffle their back three once again.

Tom Hudson and Charlie Sharples, who started at Franklin’s Gardens have been ruled out and are replaced by Henry Purdy and Tom Seabrook. Matt Banahan moves to full-back.

There are also changes amongst the replacements. Gareth Denman comes in for Ruan Dreyer, Lewis Ludlow for Tom Savage and there is a first call up to the first team matchday squad for 18-year-old winger Louis Rees-Zammit, the latest product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy who has been featuring regularly in the Premiership Rugby Shield this season.

Head Coach Johan Ackermann, speaking to the media this week, stressed that Gloucester Rugby have to treat Saturday’s game like any other.

“We don’t look at Bath any differently from any other game. I know it is for the supporters, and I appreciate that, all the history etc that makes this game so special for them.

“We’ve put ourselves in a position where we must just focus on ourselves and we could be playing any team on Saturday. For us it’s about can we play well, can we put the pressure on the other side through playing well?

“We were complacent at Bristol after two good wins, but we have to believe that we can maintain our form. They’re a quality side, full of international players, and played well against us earlier in the season. It won’t be easy, but it’s a nice challenge to have.”

Gloucester Rugby:

  1. Matt Banahan; 14. Tom Seabrook, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Danny Cipriani, Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan


Replacements:

  1. Mike Sherry, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Jake Polledri, 22. Callum Braley, 23. Louis Rees-Zammit


Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Dreyer, Lloyd Evans, Gerbrandt Grobler, James Hanson, Tom Hudson, Tom Marshall, Charlie Sharples, Ollie Thorley, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward
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