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Gloucester opt for continuity in LV= Cup against Harlequins

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Gloucester Rugby make just two changes to the side that started against the Ospreys last weekend, Dan Robson and Aleki Lutui coming into the starting line up to face Harlequins in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

It's a game which Gloucester need to win to keep alive any hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals and Defence Coach John Muggleton, who takes the coaching reins this week, keeps faith with the majority of the side that performed so well last week.

Robson comes in for Callum Braley at scrum half while Aleki Lutui replaces Darren Dawidiuk at hooker. The only other changes are positional with Billy Burns and Aled Thomas swapping the fly half and full back roles.

The Cherry and Whites are two points behind Saracens in pool one, so need to win and hope that the Men in Black slip on Sunday at home to Exeter.

However, Muggleton, speaking to the local media, is simply looking for his young team to focus on their own game and not concern themselves with things outside of their influence.

"All we can do is keep turning up week in and week out with the young blokes which is what they did last week. It kept us alive in the competition, a slim chance we'll make the semi-finals, but all we want to do is go out there and put in a performance.

"The young blokes are getting plenty of time out there this year. Age is no barrier, if you're good enough then you're old enough and last week they were very good. This competition does give people some reasonable quality footy at a young age, it's a great development tool.”

Saturday's opponents, Harlequins, can't qualify after losing at home to Bath last weekend but Muggleton warns that this doesn't mean that they should be taken lightly.

"It probably makes them a little more dangerous. Teams that have nothing to lose really have nothing to lose if they can't qualify with one game to go. They can go in with an attitude that says they can really have a go at it and throw the ball around.

"We can only influence the result that we're involved in, we can't do anything about any other. These young blokes want to keep the momentum going. We don't want to go back to the Premiership on a loss, we want to keep moving forward.”

Gloucester Rugby:
Billy Burns; Ollie Thorley, Henry Purdy, Bill Meakes, Steph Reynolds; Aled Thomas (capt), Dan Robson; Dan Murphy, Aleki Lutui, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, Tom Hicks; Jacob Rowan, Dan Thomas, Ross Moriarty

Replacements:
Luke Cole, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, James Hudson, Lewis Ludlow, Callum Braley, Elliott Creed, Kai Little

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