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Gloucester Rugby name side to take on Wasps on Kingsholm

Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action with the visit of Wasps to Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon (kick off 4:30pm). Fresh off signing a new contract with the club this week, Willi Heinz will skipper the side.

After the youthful looking line-ups that featured in the Anglo-Welsh over the past fortnight, it’s a more familiar looking starting XV for the Cherry and Whites this weekend.

In fact, from the team that started against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend, only Billy Burns, Lewis Ludlow and Henry Purdy are retained.

Previewing the game with the local media this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that Gloucester are looking forward to taking on one of the Premiership’s in-form teams.

“Wasps have outstanding players and an outstanding coaching team. The players they’ve brought in this year have had a huge impact and didn’t take long to settle in and performed well right from the start.

“When you look at their team and the depth that they have, despite having some injuries and players away on international duty, they’ll still come very heavily loaded with quality rugby players.”

“They’re second in the Premiership, so it’ll be a huge test for us. But one that we’re really looking forward to. We’ve had a couple of weeks of Anglo-Welsh action which has allowed us to look at some of our younger players and give them an opportunity.

“But it has also allowed some of our players who have played a lot of minutes in those first Premiership games an opportunity to rest, recover and get themselves ready for what is going to be a huge run into Christmas.”

Gloucester Rugby:

15. James Hook; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Paddy McAllister, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Mariano Galarza; 6. Lewis Ludlow, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Josh Hohneck, 19. Joe Latta, 20. Matt Kvesic, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Mat Protheroe, 23. Ollie Thorley

Unavailable for selection:

Darren Dawidiuk, Tom Denton, David Halaifonua, Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw, Tom Lindsay, Tom Marshall, Jonny May, Ross Moriarty, Andy Symons, Jeremy Thrush, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees

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