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Fit-again Freddie Burns ready for Gloucester action against hometown club Bath

By Nick_Purewal  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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FIT-AGAIN Freddie Burns is itching to put one over hometown club Bath, believes Nigel Davies.

Fly-half Burns will return for the Cherry and Whites in tomorrow night’s West Country derby at The Recreation Ground (kick-off 8pm), with boss Davies impressed by his form in training.

The 22-year-old England playmaker has not played since damaging knee ligaments in Gloucester’s 36-16 Amlin Challenge Cup victory over Mont de Marsan at Kingsholm on January 19.

But now he is raring to get back to action, and has timed his return perfectly for the crucial Premiership clash against Gloucester’s bitter rivals.

Gloucester’s medical staff held him back from last weekend’s 29-23 Worcester victory, even though the man himself felt he was fit enough to play.

A week’s extra recovery will do him the world of good though, believes rugby director Davies.

He explained: “Last week was just slightly too soon for Freddie, but fair play, he kicked everything in training and was running around all over the place.

“The medics said the Worcester game was just too soon for him, so we held him back.

“He probably would have played, because that’s what he’s like.

“But he has definitely benefitted from this extra preparation time, and now he’s ready to get firing on all cylinders.

“England have been keen to see him prove his fitness in this game, but Freddie won’t be fussed by that – he knows what this game is all about, and the club is all he can think about this weekend.”

Mike Tindall missed out on his 150th competitive Gloucester appearance at the very last minute against Worcester on Friday.

A hip problem laid him low at the tail-end of the warm-up.

Fit to start tomorrow’s clash then, Davies thinks it is fitting Tindall’s milestone comes against his first and only former club.

Admitting the old-man jibes have been wheeled out given 34-year-old Tindall’s elder statesman status at Kingsholm, Davies added: “A hip problem is a proper old man’s injury isn’t it!

“I’m sure Mike’s had a bit of banter about that, but all joking aside he’s been in absolutely great form, some of his best for three or four years in recent weeks.

“And it’s great to have him fit and ready to go, hopefully it’s going to be a special night – but we know we’ve got to graft incredibly hard to make that the case.”

BATH: N Abendanon, H Agulla, M Banahan, K Eastmond, T Biggs, T Heathcote, P Stringer, P James, R Webber, D Wilson, D Day, D Attwood, F Louw (capt), C Fearns, B Skirving. Replacements: R Batty, N Catt, A Perenise, W Spencer, M Gilbert, M Claassens, S Vesty, S Rokoduguni.

GLOUCESTER: R Cook, C Sharples, H Trinder, M Tindall (capt), J May, F Burns, D Robson, N Wood, D Dawidiuk, R Harden, L Lokotui, W James, T Savage, A Qera, S Kalamafoni. Replacements: H Edmonds, D Murphy, D Chistolini, P Buxton, A Hazell, D Lewis, R Mills, M Thomas.

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  • CrazyLegs  |  March 01 2013, 11:36PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

    Rate   6
  • stewglos  |  March 01 2013, 11:28PM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby. If the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle ever gets to a Gloucester Rugby game he could see that for himself but he never goes to any games because he likes wendyball with its diving alice-band wearing dullards, much like himself.

    Rate   9
  • kenfarnwood  |  March 01 2013, 11:24PM

    Harden proved, yet again, why he is the number one tight head at Gloucester and why the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle is clueless about any aspect of rugby union.

    Rate   6
  • garthshawX  |  March 01 2013, 11:18PM

    When your tight head starts 13 out of 17 Premiership games, you just know that he is the best at Gloucester Rugby. That player is Rupert Harden!

    Rate   7
  • corsa_corsa  |  March 01 2013, 11:16PM

    Rupert Harden... Most starts at tight head.... Most starts of any front row player. That proves he is the top rated tight head at Gloucester.

    Rate   7
  • torpoint  |  March 01 2013, 11:15PM

    JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle aka Gordon_P aka graybaggs aka peh45 aka akadau aka Glawsteruk1 aka Ruckandroller aka Kap721 aka flanker_6 aka GlosRugbyMan.... It is all just the one person who happens to hate Rupert Harden because Harden has consistently been the best tight head at Gloucester thus proving how clueless the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle is.

    Rate   6
  • ostronskygreg  |  March 01 2013, 11:13PM

    The troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle and his multitude of identities simply can not get over the fact that Rupert Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester. But who cares what the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle thinks? Nigel Davies has an infinitely superior rugby brain to the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle (though the troll JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle will, hilariously, claim differently) and ND has made Harden his number 1 tight head.

    Rate   7
  • Nick_Iewis  |  March 01 2013, 11:11PM

    Rupert Harden is the top rated and best tight head prop at Gloucester bar none.

    Rate   7
  • LarryOfLevens  |  March 01 2013, 11:10PM

    Let's hope that our best tight-head RUPERT HARDEN is back for next weekend.

    Rate   6
  • chuycastillos  |  March 01 2013, 11:08PM

    Oh dear! The sad old dullard JohnWithHisShrivelledBingle is struggling with the pace. That's what happens when you reach his sad old pst it age. #Rupert Harden = Gloucester Rugby's top rated and best tight head.

    Rate   7