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London Irish v Gloucester Rugby: Team information

By lauracfell  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

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CONSISTENCY is key for Gloucester Rugby boss Nigel Davies.

After a gritty but vital 12-6 home win over Worcester before Christmas, Gloucester will remain unchanged for tomorrow’s away clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium (2pm).

Director of Rugby Davies had kept his faith in the side that overcame Dean Ryan's men in difficult conditions on Sunday, December 22.

Fly-half Freddie Burns, who has publicly admitted he has struggled to find form as negotiations about his future rage on off-field, remains on the bench. Captain Billy Twelvetrees, who kicked Gloucester to victory with four penalties in the Worcester clash, will wear the 10 jersey.

Mike Tindall and Henry Trinder will maintain their partnership at centre, with Charlie Sharples and Jonny May on the wing, and Rob Cook at fullback.

In the pack, Tongan powerhouse tighthead prop Sila Puafisi makes his second start for the Cherry and Whites, joining long-serving loosehead Nick Wood and hooker Darren Dawidiuk in the front row.

The only changes to the matchday squad are on the bench; second row Tom Hicks and flanker Akapusi Qera have been replaced by Will James and Gareth Evans.

Gloucester’s derby victory over Worcester saw the Cherry and Whites climb to ninth in the Aviva Permiership table, while London Irish sit two places below them with just two wins to their name this term.

Samoan International back row forward Ofisi Treviranus will start for London Irish, and director of rugby Brian Smith expects a "fierce battle with Gloucester in every department."

Gloucester Rugby:

Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, Jonny May; Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jimmy Cowan; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements:

Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Will James, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Freddie Burns, Martyn Thomas

London Irish:

James O'Connor, Topsy Ojo, Fergus Mulchrone, Eamonn Sheridan, Alex Lewington, Ian Humphreys, Tomás O'Leary, Matt Parr, Jimmy Stevens, CJ Van Der Linde, George Skivington (c), Ian Gough, Kieran Low, Ofisa Treviranus, Blair Cowan

Replacements: Mike Mayhew, John Yapp, Leo Halavatau, Nic Rouse, Jebb Sinclair, Andrew Fenby, Shane Geraghty, Ed Hoadley

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 30 2013, 11:29AM

    This is all well and good but what a club like Gloucester Rugby really needs to do is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, starts as many games for Gloucester as is possible. They also need to get some decent back up in for him.

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