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Gloucester Rugby v London Welsh at Kingsholm - team news

By Nick_Purewal  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Billy Twelvetrees

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GLOUCESTER have brought back the big guns for the LV= Cup clash with London Welsh at Kingsholm tomorrow (4.30pm).

After opening the campaign with a narrow 33-27 defeat at Ospreys last weekend, director of rugby Nigel Davies knows a win is a must.

As a result Freddie Burns, Billy Twelvetrees, Jimmy Cowan, Shane Monahan and Mike Tindall come into the backs to accompany Rob Cook and young Hartpury wing Steph Reynolds who performed well against Fiji.

In the pack Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden, Tom Savage, Will James, Akapusi Qera and Ben Morgan come in with just Matt Cox keeping his spot at seven.

Seven of the players that started against Fiji are rewarded with spots amongst the replacements as the coaching team look to freshen things up ahead of their third match in eight days.

Having had last weekend off at the Liberty Stadium, the 12 changes need a good run out with the Premiership resuming at home to Sale next weekend.

After edging out tomorrow’s opponents at the Kassam Stadium at the end of September, forwards coach Carl Hogg says a good performance is vital with so many line-up alterations.

“First and foremost, we’re going into the game looking for a performance. We can’t get carried away with outcomes,” said Hogg.

“London Welsh gave us a very tough time down there in the Aviva Premiership. There were one or two critical moments where we managed to get on top down there.

“They’re a very difficult team to break down and bring different challenges. We need to perform well on Saturday, get our first 20 minutes right and see where the game takes us.

“But, we’re under no illusions. It’s a very tough task against London Welsh at the weekend.”

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Shane Monahan, Mike Tindall (capt), Billy Twelvetrees, Steph Reynolds; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden; Tom Savage, Will James; Akapusi Qera, Matt Cox, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Koree Britton, Dan Murphy, Dario Chistolini, Peter Buxton, Ross Moriarty, Dave Lewis, Tim Molenaar, Drew Locke

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  November 18 2012, 10:18AM

    Quote: "The troll akadau won't be there to see it though." Of course he won't. The sad inconsequential old man doesn't go to any Gloucester games.

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  • StanFromGlaws  |  November 17 2012, 11:37AM

    No doubt Rupert Harden will demonstrate, once again, why he is Gloucester Rugby's top tight-head on the pitch this afternoon. The troll akadau won't be there to see it though.

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  • Brasher  |  November 17 2012, 10:46AM

    ...He certainly wouldn't know that London Welsh will include three Gloucester old boys in their squad today; Tom Voyce, Adam Balding and Nick Runciman.

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  • Wilson640  |  November 17 2012, 10:39AM

    Akadau, the resident troll also going under various other identities such as, Gordon_P, peh45, glawsteruk1, graybaggs, RuckandRoller, GlosRugbyMan, hasn't the foggiest about Gloucester Rugby. His interest is in trolling.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  November 17 2012, 12:07AM

    I think that akadau's feelings might be a bit "injued" because Harden is still the number one tight-head at Gloucester and that is why he is selected to start once again.

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  • alex_bound  |  November 16 2012, 10:06PM

    Rupert Harden, our top tight head prop at Gloucester Rugby, starts once again. That annoys the hell out of the trollster akadau which makes Harden's selection all the more sweeter.

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  • CurtDowne  |  November 16 2012, 9:33PM

    Not only can akadau the troll not get Shaun Knight's name right, but what on earth is "injued"?

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  • Drusus  |  November 16 2012, 9:15PM

    Goodness knows how Cook gets selected. The sooner May gets fit again, the better.

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  • LucaTowers  |  November 16 2012, 7:49PM

    It is obvious what is going on here. Davies has selected his team that will start uin the Premiership in a huge ganme against Sale. He wants his best players match hardened for that encounter and he has gone for his "go to" players like Harden etc. Obviously we have been hit by injuries and call ups on the wings.

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  • Archie_Brew  |  November 16 2012, 7:20PM

    Who is this SEAN Knight person that the troll akadau keeps going on about? Does he even know the slightest thing about who plays for Gloucester Rugby?

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