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Gloucester Rugby: Cowan lined up for full debut against Bordeaux

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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WORLD Cup winner Jimmy Cowan will offer ideal breakdown grit against technical-minded Bordeaux, believes Nigel Davies.

Gloucester boss Davies expects a strong tackle-area contest with French Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles at Kingsholm tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Cowan will make his full debut in tomorrow’s Amlin Challenge Cup clash, with Gloucester keen to kick on after last week’s 11-6 Mont de Marsan victory.

Martyn Thomas steps up at full-back, with James Simpson-Daniel back on the wing and Billy Twelvetrees starting at fly-half.

Dan Murphy gets his first start of the season at loosehead, with Huia Edmonds restored at hooker.

Skipper Jim Hamilton is back alongside Will James at lock, and Tom Savage is fit to take a seat on the bench.

Gloucester rugby director Davies expects a tough battle at the breakdown tomorrow night, and men like Cowan will help with that tussle.

Davies explained: “They are a pretty technical side, they concentrate on the tackle area, and so we’ve got to be ready for that.

“We’ve made changes again, but that was always the plan, so it means more players now have opportunities from the start.

“The victory in Mont de Marsan was important, and now we’ve got to keep kicking on.”

GLOUCESTER: Martyn Thomas, Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall, Tim Molenaar, James Simpson-Daniel, Billy Twelvetrees, Jimmy Cowan, Dan Murphy, Huia Edmonds, Shaun Knight, Will James, Jim Hamilton (capt), Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Koree Britton, Nick Wood, Rupert Harden, Tom Savage, Matt Cox, Dan Robson, Tim Taylor, Rob Cook.

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  • Steve_Bronko  |  October 27 2012, 12:13PM

    The the self proclaimed talent spotter would have to check with Wikipedia first.

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  • Buggsie  |  October 25 2012, 7:10PM

    I'm sure the pirates would like him back but the spotter would be crying into his ribena for getting is so wrong yet again.

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  • Steve_Bronko  |  October 24 2012, 7:40PM

    Since they are sending our scrum halves out on loan/dual registered (at least those at the bottom of the pecking order), why don't they do the say with "Cookie"?

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  • Archie_Brew  |  October 23 2012, 7:30PM

    Egg on face? He's got the whole chicken farm on his face.

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  • richardpenton  |  October 22 2012, 8:30PM

    Oh dear! Massive egg on face time for glawsteruk1. MT selected to start the last two games.

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  • Roon77  |  October 21 2012, 9:39PM

    Luckily ND is the Gloucester coach and he selected Martyn Thomas for the Bordeaux-Begles game. How you like them apples glawsteruk1?

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  • Brasher  |  October 21 2012, 10:19AM

    Thomas has not let Gloucester down yet. He should be the current starting fullback.

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  • SimonGray  |  October 19 2012, 6:51PM

    I don't think Thomas has had a bad game and is surely the better option of the two fullbacks signed over the summer. He has certainly shown up the troll, glawsteruk1, once again for his lack of any basic rugby knowledge.

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  • sam_silent  |  October 18 2012, 10:20PM

    Well done Martyn Thomas on proving once again why he should be starting fullback and why glawsteruk1 hasn't got the slightest clue about the game of rugby union.

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  • TommoOfGlaws  |  October 17 2012, 8:43PM

    So the clueless troll thinks that Cook's wayward kick that led directly to Barf's try was an example of a "pretty safe game". No wonder everyone thinks.... knows that he is clueless

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