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Prop injuries are not a concern

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

  • props: Rupert Harden, Shaun Knight and Dario Chistolini

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GLOUCESTER'S tighthead prop injury concerns should not take a firm grip, believes Carl Hogg.

Dario Chistolini limped out of Saturday's 26-7 Northampton defeat just before half-time, pulling a calf muscle.

Shaun Knight withdrew from England Saxons' Friday night victory over Irish Wolfhounds in Galway with a knee problem.

And Rupert Harden is continuing his recovery from neck trouble.

But Gloucester forwards coach Hogg does not anticipate these worries piling up into a serious problem.

Academy prop Tom Heard – on loan at Cinderford in the main this season – replaced Chistolini at Franklin's Gardens, but after a promising start struggled in the scrum.

Chistolini had failed to cope with Saints' power too – and Gloucester return to the East Midlands for a pivotal Premiership clash on Saturday, February 9.

The Cherry and Whites will hope to have Knight and Harden fit for that demanding clash, and Hogg sees no reason for that not happening.

He explained: "Dario pulled his calf so we'll have to wait and see how he is in the next couple of days.

"Hopefully Rupert won't be too far away now, and we'll see how Shaun comes on, but we'd like to think that was more precautionary than anything else."

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  • fuddlebagley  |  January 30 2013, 10:30PM

    Oh dear! It looks like the self-aggrandising talentless spotter is unable to spot any talent and now wants to take his ball home so that no one else can play. The trouble is, it isn't his ball and he doesn't like that.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 29 2013, 7:30PM

    Nigel Davies, that astute and knowledgeable DoR at Gloucester Rugby has made Harden his first choice tight-head, selecting Harden to start 9 out of 13 Premiership games. Says it all, really.

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  • dougiebailey  |  January 29 2013, 7:23PM

    Harden = the best tight head at Gloucester.

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  • sam_silent  |  January 29 2013, 7:22PM

    Rupert Harden owns the tight head spot.

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  • Wilson640  |  January 29 2013, 7:18PM

    Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • rayglaws  |  January 29 2013, 7:16PM

    I just hope Harden is back against Saints. Remember the unedifying sight of a Gloucester front row being march backwards by a poor Sarries front row in that last scrum at Vicarage Road? Never again!

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  • alex_bound  |  January 29 2013, 7:14PM

    Rupert Harden has 9 starts out of 13 premiership games for Gloucester this season, plus another two. That makes him the top rated tight head at Gloucester in anyone's books (except for the sad troll akadau/graybaggs/Kap721 who is pretty clueless about everything, really).

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  • stewglos  |  January 29 2013, 7:13PM

    ...But didn't you know? The troll akadau/Kap721/glawsteruk1/etc, reckons he knows better than the rugby-wise professional coach and DoR of Gloucester Rugby.

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  • Drusus  |  January 29 2013, 7:11PM

    Nigel Davies picks the team. He has a choice of tight heads, yet, when it comes to the key games, he always goes for Harden. QED.

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  • garthshawX  |  January 29 2013, 7:10PM

    Harden has been having a storming season. It is no wonder he has been selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It has been the key games where you need your best players.

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