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Gloucester Rugby: Mike Tindall back to face Bath

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Mike Brown @citizen_rugby

Mike Tindall will take centre stage against former club Bath

Mike Tindall will take centre stage against former club Bath

MIKE Tindall has recovered from a calf injury to start in Saturday’s sold out West Country derby at Kingsholm.

The centre was a late withdrawal from the Gloucester side that crashed out of Europe with an Amlin Challeneg Cup quarter-final defeat to London Wasps last weekend.

But he has overcome the complaint and is one of four changes Nigel Davies has made as the Cherry and Whites take on local rivals Bath.

Martyn Thomas is preferred to Rob Cook at full-back, while up front Will James and Gareth Evans come in for James Hudson and Ben Morgan respectively.

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Tindall said: “My calf tightened up last Saturday, it was not like I pulled it or anything. I had some treatment on it after training, it was fine in the pre warm-up but in the proper warm-up it was like someone was sticking in a needle.

“I strapped it and finished the session and it was just one of those things where I could have played but what’s the point when it could have torn and we would have lost a man on the bench.

“It was the right call not to take the risk and was the best thing for the team. It was still tight on Monday and Tuesday but it’s been fine since.”

Despite their European disappointment Gloucester still have plenty to play for in domestic action and continue to target seventh.

As confirmed in yesterday’s announcement over the future of the European game, finishing seventh will lead to a play-off for the Rugby Champions Cup.

Gloucester are currently three points adrift of London Wasps, next week’s opponents, who sit at lucky number seven.

Meanwhile Bath, who will be aiming to cement their place in fourth, have made five changes. Kyle Eastmond replaces Matt Banahan in the backs while up front, the international duo of Paul James and David Wilson return either side of Ross Batty at hooker, with Dave Attwood being partnered in the second row by Club captain Stuart Hooper. Leroy Houston is given the number 8 shirt, with big-hitting Carl Fearns shifting to openside.

Gloucester Rugby:

Martyn Thomas; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, Jonny May; Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jimmy Cowan; Nick Wood, Dan George, Shaun Knight; Elliott Stooke, Will James; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans

Replacements:

Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Sila Puafisi, James Hudson, Ben Morgan, Tavis Knoyle, Freddie Burns, Rob Cook

Bath: Nick Abendanon; Semesa Rokoduguni, Matt Banahan, Kyle Eastmond, Horacio Agulla; George Ford, Micky Young; Paul James, Ross Batty, David Wilson; Stuart Hooper (Capt.), Dave Attwood; Matt Garvey, Carl Fearns, Leroy Houston.

Replacements: Tom Dunn, Nathan Catt, Anthony Perenise, Dominic Day, Guy Mercer, Peter Stringer, Gavin Henson, Anthony Watson.

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