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Creed to make full debut for Gloucester at home to Northampton

Elliott Creed will become the latest Academy graduate to make his full debut for Gloucester Rugby when he lines up against Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3:30pm).

19-year-old Creed has made three appearances as a replacement, including the 12-11 win at Sale last Friday, but will make his first start on the wing against the Saints at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon.
 
With Ollie Thorley, who lines up on the opposite wing, preparing for his third start in a row, the Academy has seen two players break into the first team in the last few weeks of the season.
 
Creed's debut is one of three changes to the starting line-up as Tom Marshall returns at full-back having missed out at Sale with tonsillitis, while Ben Morgan comes in for Sione Kalamafoni at number eight.
 
Gloucester will obviously be looking to sign off in style for 2015-16 in front of their own supporters, and make it three Aviva Premiership victories in a row, but will be up against an opponent seeking to secure a top six finish with Harlequins and Sale breathing down their necks.
 
Previewing the game with the local media this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that Northampton come to Kingsholm with all to play for, but that he is looking for his own team to build on the two recent wins over Exeter and Sale.
 
"There is pressure on Saints. I listened to Jim Mallinder talking about how important Champions Cup qualification is to them. When you look at where they are in the table, with the quality they have in their squad, it shows how competitive this league is.
 
"It'll be a big test for us this week, they've a strong team coming down and we'll have to produce an even better performance than we did last weekend to compete.
 
"We've a couple more injuries from last week's game and we'll be a bit stretched. But you've seen the young players come in and how well they've responded when they've had their opportunity. We look forward to seeing them perform again this weekend.
 
"We all know how disappointed everyone was after the Dragons game. But it's huge credit to everybody in the way that they've responded – the character, the determination, the hard work that's gone into defeating Exeter and Sale.
 
"That gives us a strong foundation going into next season. We've talked about finishing the season on a high. This weekend is about producing a performance similar to the one from the past two games and winning the game."
 
Gloucester Rugby:
 
15. Tom Marshall; 14. Ollie Thorley, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Elliott Creed; 10. Greig Laidlaw (capt), 9. Willi Heinz; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Ben Morgan
 
Replacements:
16. Darren Dawidiuk, 17. Nick Wood, 18. Paul Doran-Jones, 19. Gareth Evans, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Lloyd Evans, 23. Jacob Rowan
 

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