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Worcester v Gloucester Rugby team news

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

Billy Twelvetrees

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NIGEL Davies has made two changes to his pack and his backs as Gloucester aim to make it two road wins on the bounce at Worcester tomorrow.

Shane Monahan will make his first start in the Aviva Premiership on the right wing after Charlie Sharples was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Monahan featured as a replacement at the Madejski Stadium last week when the cherry and whites secured their first win of the season against London Irish and has impressed in the A League.

Billy Twelvetrees will move to fly-half for his first start in the ten shirt with Freddie Burns named among the replacements after an ankle injury disrupted the former Bath man’s training preparations.

Mike Tindall will come into the inside centre berth alongside Henry Trinder in midfield with Rupert Harden replacing Shaun Knight at tighthead prop.

Australian international hooker Huia Edmonds will also make his first Premiership start for the club after being drafted in for Darren Dawidiuk in the final change as the majority of last week’s squad are retained.

Worcester have begun their campaign with two defeats but scrapped for everything at Welford Road last weekend and Davies knows he will have a real dogfight on his hands at Sixways.

He said: “We’re still a team that is evolving. We’ve got a lot work to do and we know that it’s going to be a real dog fight. What I can assure everybody is that we’ll hang in there and be in that fight.

“There are elements of the game that we have to focus on and we know that, if we get those right, then we’ll be in control of the game. If we don’t, they will.

“We know exactly where we are, we know exactly what we have to do and we know how tough a game this is going to be.

“Worcester is so close to Gloucester that it’s a huge game. I’m all too aware of what local derbies mean particularly to our supporters.

“But, from our point of view, we just want to get some momentum going as a team. We feel we’ve kick started our season a little bit and want to continue that momentum.”

Gloucester: Jonny May; Shane Monahan, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, James Simpson-Daniel; Billy Twelvetrees, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden; Will James, Jim Hamilton (capt); Tom Savage, Andy Hazell, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Darren Dawidiuk, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Freddie Burns, Rob Cook

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  • Drusus  |  October 29 2012, 11:30PM

    Quote: "Straight question - straight answer required." Oh, he's so masterful!

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  • Steve_Bronko  |  October 29 2012, 10:11PM

    I bet the troll glawsteryuk1 is as mad as hell that Rupert Harden continues to be ND's first choice as starting tight head.

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  • TommoOfGlaws  |  October 28 2012, 9:07PM

    I think you will find that, by definition, the troll glawsteruk1 doesn't have anything else to fill his life other than trolling.

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  • RoccoAgain  |  October 28 2012, 8:23PM

    Hasn't he got anything better to do other than to troll?

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  • Steve_Bronko  |  October 27 2012, 12:33PM

    I wouldn't credit glawsteruk1 with anything other than being the same old dull troll.

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  • JimBatchelor  |  October 26 2012, 7:09PM

    I wouldn't even credit glawsteruk1 with being mediocre.

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  • Archie_Brew  |  October 23 2012, 7:19PM

    The only mediocre performance was from glawsteruk1 and his trolling activities.

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  • JBuddy  |  October 19 2012, 10:26PM

    The troll - glawsteruk1 - is turning out to be a right little moaner.

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  • Wilson640  |  September 16 2012, 7:38AM

    The troll is completely unaware that last season Gloucester lost at Sixways (probably because he doesn't actually follow Gloucester Rugby). Once again our scrum dominated.

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  • CrunchMan  |  September 15 2012, 6:55PM

    It is pretty obvious you are not an expert.

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