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Gloucester Rugby make three changes for trip to Newcastle

There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby’s starting line-up for Friday evening’s Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.

McColl, a summer signing from Yorkshire Carnegie, comes in for Rob Cook who dislocated his shoulder against Harlequins last weekend.

Other changes see Billy Burns replace Billy Twelvetrees at fly-half, the latter recalled by England for Saturday's Test against Samoa and Yann Thomas come in for Nick Wood who has been unwell this week.

Matt Kvesic will skipper the side.

Gloucester Rugby:

Steve McColl; Charlie Sharples, Billy Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy; Billy Burns, Dan Robson; Yann Thomas, Darren Dawidiuk, John Afoa; Tom Palmer, James Hudson; Tom Savage, Matt Kvesic (capt), Ross Moriarty

Replacements:

Luke Cole, James Gibbons, Shaun Knight, Elliott Stooke, Gareth Evans, Callum Braley, Aled Thomas, Tom Isaacs
 

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