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Gloucester Rugby unchanged for Friday’s trip to Worcester Warriors

Greig Laidlaw

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the XV that started against the Leicester Tigers last weekend as they prepare for their first Aviva Premiership fixture on the road this season, away at Worcester Warriors on Friday evening.

The Cherry and Whites make just two changes to the matchday 23. Former Australia U20 prop Cameron Orr replaces Paddy McAllister on the bench and centre Mark Atkinson comes in for Gareth Evans, also amongst the replacements.

Gloucester are looking to bounce back after the 31-38 reverse at home to Leicester last weekend, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys was asked when he spoke to the local media this week whether a local derby is a good game to tackle this week.

“I’m not sure I’d say it’s a good game, I think it’s a tough game. I know that every game that we’re going to play this year will be tough. You look back at the results over the course of the weekend, the majority were decided by less than one score.

“That’s how it’s been for us over the course of the past couple of years. We’ve been there and thereabouts, we’ve been within touching distance of wins with bonus points and picking up losing bonus points.

“Every week we know there’s a huge challenge ahead. If we’re going to win the game, we’ll have to be at our very best as we were for the first 50 minutes of last Friday night’s game. It’s a big season ahead and every week is going to be tough.

“They (Worcester) are a good team, we know they’re a good team, we know their team well. We played them both in Europe and the Aviva Premiership last year, they have a good coaching team in place.

“We know what their strengths are, but it’s about playing to our strengths and we’ve placed a real focus on reproducing the positive elements of the first 50 minutes of last week’s performance.”
 
Gloucester Rugby:

15. Tom Marshall; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Greig Laidlaw (capt); 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Mariano Galarza; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Ben Morgan
 
Replacements:

16. Darren Dawidiuk, 17. Cameron Orr, 18. Paul Doran-Jones, 19. Joe Latta, 20. Jacob Rowan, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. James Hook, 23. Mark Atkinson

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