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Davies welcomes back May and Trinder for Bordeaux

By WillWoodrugby  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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GLOUCESTER boss Nigel Davies welcomes back a number of key players for the Amlin Challenge Cup trip to Bordeaux-Begles tomorrow.

Jonny May makes his first appearance since late September on the left wing while Henry Trinder last played in Mont de Marsan, the week before the previous Bordeaux clash in October.

Tim Molenaar also returns to the starting line-up along with Dan Robson, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini and skipper Jim Hamiton in a strong looking team.

The cherry and whites are looking to make it five wins from five matches in the competition and victory would put them on the verge of clinching pool one and securing a home quarter-final.

Despite beating Bordeaux 25-13 at Kingsholm Gloucester slipped to defeat against London Irish last week and Davies says the new faces will help freshen things up.

He said: “The boys returning from injury have added an extra zip into training this week and that’s great.

“I think it’s very important that there will be a few players who weren’t involved at the weekend playing, because they’ll bring a different edge to work well around the continuity.

“I think we’ve got a very good squad for this match, and we expect them to perform.

“Europe is a difficult arena whatever the competition.

“We came out the right side of the two Irish games, and now we have to hammer home our momentum in this tournament.

“We’ve got to go to Bordeaux and get a win: it’s as simple as that.

“Europe is a difficult arena, whether you’re in the Amlin Challenge Cup or the Heineken Cup.

“I always stressed how important the middle two games against London Irish would be, and we came out on the right side of those two games.

“Now we have to hammer home our momentum in this tournament, and we have to go to Bordeaux and get a result. It’s as simple as that.

“I think we’ve got a very good team, an exciting team. And we’re expecting to perform.”

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini; Jim Hamilton (capt), Will James; Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Peter Buxton, Gareth Evans, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Martyn Thomas

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  • corsa_corsa  |  January 12 2013, 12:22AM

    I am looking forward to Harden's return too. Hopefully that is next weekend. It will great to see what a really good tight head like Harden does in the scrum and in the loose once again.

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  • stewglos  |  January 12 2013, 12:20AM

    Rupert Harden is Gloucester Rugby's finest tight head. ND knows it, as does everyone else but the troll absolam/peh45/Gordon_P/Kap721/etc.

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  • ostronskygreg  |  January 12 2013, 12:15AM

    Rupert has been absolutely sensational when he has been on the pitch this season. We need him back, fit and raring to go as soon as possible if our season is not to go off the rails.

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  • rayglaws  |  January 12 2013, 12:10AM

    Rupert Harden has been a real star in the front row for Gloucester this season. He has been greatly missed in the scrum and in the loose over the past few weeks. Harden = Glaws number one tight head.

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  • starturn  |  January 12 2013, 12:07AM

    Without Harden leading the scrum, it will be significantly weakened.

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  • haztooms  |  January 12 2013, 12:03AM

    Rupert Harden is easily the best tight head prop at Kingsholm.

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  • dougiebailey  |  January 12 2013, 12:00AM

    Nigel Davies is the man in the know and he selects Harden to start all the tough and important games. That puts Kap721's knowledge and assertions into perspective.

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  • craigben  |  January 11 2013, 11:57PM

    ...And boy has Harden proved him wrong with some absolutely stunning performances as our number 1 tight-head and ND's go to man when there is a tough game to be played.

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  • freshhglaws  |  January 11 2013, 11:49PM

    Kap721 aka akadau hates Harden because he made claims about the ability of our first choice tight head, none of which turned out to be true. Harden has proved the troll wrong time and time again with his excellent performances.

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  • telwez  |  January 11 2013, 11:38PM

    Rupert harden is the number one tight head at Gloucester Rugby. When he plays we don't get a situation like that last scrum against Saracens in Watford or the first 50 minutes against Tigers at Welford Road.

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