TOP BAR - Fixtures

Gloucester Rugby name side for Friday night trip to Northampton

Gloucester Rugby make five changes to their starting line-up as they return to Aviva Premiership action for Friday evening’s fixture away at Northampton Saints.

After two weeks in European competition, the Cherry and Whites face up to English opposition once again as they travel to Franklin’s Gardens hoping to extend a three game unbeaten run.

There is just one new face in the backs as Mark Atkinson reclaims the inside centre berth. Billy Twelvetrees moves across to fly-half to replace Billy Burns.

The rest of the changes are in the pack. Richard Hibbard returns at hooker and Mariano Galarza is back in the boiler room alongside Tom Savage. In the back row, Jacob Rowan and Ben Morgan replace Matt Kvesic and Lewis Ludlow respectively.

Amongst the replacements, Salesi Ma’afu will be coming up against one of his former clubs while Henry Purdy returns to the matchday squad after injury.

Both teams will be looking to move up the table, and the overall head to head record between the two is incredibly close.

Speaking to the local media, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that Gloucester are on an upward curve but is well aware that Saints on their own patch are a tough nut to crack.

“Over the last three weeks, we’ve improved. Our performances have got better and better. And now it’s a case of going back into what we know is a huge game for us against a team that has had a similar start to us this season, but a team who we know have got very good players.

“We’ve only played six games in the league this season and two wins can move you from 10th to 4th. Then it’s a very different conversation. None of us like being towards the bottom of the table, but all you can do is, going into next week, make sure you’ve prepared very well.

“We’re coming off the back of a good run of games, our focus has been very much on making sure that some of those good things we’ve delivered over the last few weeks are even better going into the Northampton match.

“It’s a case of us ensuring that, for every game we go into, we’ve prepared well and given ourselves the best possible chance to win. But, also bearing in mind that we’re going to play what is a very good team. It’s a huge challenge for us but one that we’re in a better place now to meet.”

Gloucester Rugby:

15. James Hook; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Jonny May; 10. Billy Twelvetrees, 9. Greig Laidlaw (capt); 1. Paddy McAllister, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Mariano Galarza; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Cameron Orr, 18. Salesi Ma’afu, 19. Joe Latta, 20. Matt Kvesic, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Billy Burns, 23. Henry Purdy

Unavailable for selection:

Josh Hohneck, Darren Dawidiuk, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones, Jeremy Thrush, Tom Denton, Gareth Evans, Sione Kalamafoni, Andy Symons, Henry Trinder, Tom Marshall

Latest News

Newcastle Falcons are ready for star-studded challenge in Singha 7s

Newcastle Falcons are not worried about facing a star-studded Wasps squad in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s on Friday, and…

Adam Radwan

Exeter Chiefs set their sights on this weekend’s Singha 7s

Exeter Chiefs will be looking to use the buzz of last season’s success as inspiration in their bid win the…

Exeter Chiefs set their sights on this weekend’s Singha 7s

Ben Vellacott gunning for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s glory with Gloucester Rugby

Ben Vellacott is certain Gloucester Rugby’s exciting line-up for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s can go all the way…

Ben Vellacott

Ones to watch: Singha Premiership Rugby 7s 2017

England internationals, Premiership Rugby record holders, Olympic medallists and the hottest rugby talent in the country – put all that…

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s live on BT Sport with highlights on Channel 5

Channel 5’s landmark coverage of domestic rugby begins in earnest this week, with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s finally returning…

Saracens name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Tom Whiteley will skipper a youthful Saracens side in this weekend’s Singha 7s tournament at Franklin’s Gardens, after the Men…

Tom Whiteley

Will Homer to captain Bath Rugby at the Singha 7s

Will Homer will captain Bath Rugby at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. The scrum-half,…

Will Homer

Saints squad announced for Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series 

The Northampton Saints squad has been announced for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, which is being played in…

Jamie Elliott

Harlequins announce squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Henry Cheeseman will captain the 12-man squad against Gloucester Rugby and London Irish in Pool B of the Singha 7s.…

Henry Cheeseman

Wasps name squad for 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s

Wasps have today named their squad for the 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s, which will be hosted at Franklin’s Gardens…

Dan Robson

London Irish name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

London Irish have named their side for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be held at Northampton Saints’…

Rory BRand

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Following the conclusion of the Premiership Rugby Singha 7s series this weekend, Harlequins travel to Herzogenaurach to continue their pre-season…

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Chiefs sign van der Sluys

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock…

Wilhelm van der Sluys

James Lang extends his time with Harlequins

Harlequins is proud to confirm today (Wednesday 27th July) that Harlequins Academy member James Lang has extended his time with…

James Lang extends his time with Harlequins

Sharks Announce Exciting Squad For Singha 7s

Sale Sharks can announce an exciting squad to take part in the Premiership Rugby Singha 7's this weekend at Franklin's…

Paolo Odogwu

Leicester Tigers Singha Premiership Rugby 7s team announcement

Leicester Tigers have named their squad for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. Tigers take on Newcastle Falcons and Wasps on…

Alex Glashan

Will Kaye set for birthday to remember with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers’ new link-up with Loughborough University will provide youngster Will Kaye with an unforgettable birthday present. The Loughborough student…

Cameron Cowell captains Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s

England 7s international Cameron Cowell will captain Newcastle Falcons in this week's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.…

Cameron Cowell

Stelling to lead Warriors at Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens

Max Stelling will lead Warriors in the new-look Singha Premiership Sevens this weekend at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens. Stelling, who…

Max Stelling