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Kalamafoni returns for Gloucester’s final outing of the season


Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.

Kalamafoni's selection, his first since limping off against Newcastle just over a month ago, is one of just two changes to the Gloucester starting line up from the one that defeated Connacht last Sunday.

Kalamafoni will start at blindside, with Jacob Rowan moving across to openside and Dan Thomas moving to the bench.

Meanwhile, in the backs, Rob Cook will start at full-back having been a replacement against Connacht. Charlie Sharples will move to the wing to accommodate him and Henry Purdy is named amongst the replacements.

It is literally winner takes all at Sixways. The victor will qualify for the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup, the loser will compete in the Challenge Cup.

It's the final leg of a European odyssey for Gloucester, who have played ten European fixtures so far this season. They have won all ten to date and would dearly like to make it eleven and dine at Europe's top table again next season.

Kick off at Sixways on Sunday will be at 5pm.

Gloucester Rugby:
Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Bill Meakes, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jonny May; James Hook, Greig Laidlaw; Nick Wood, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Tom Palmer; Sione Kalamafoni, Jacob Rowan, Ross Moriarty

Darren Dawidiuk, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Elliott Stooke, Dan Thomas, Dan Robson, Billy Burns, Henry Purdy

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