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Kvesic returns as Gloucester Rugby name side to take on Quins

Kvesic returns as Gloucester Rugby name side to take on Quins

Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

The Gloucester Rugby coaching staff understandably keep the faith with the bulk of the side that performed so well in earning the local bragging rights with the win at the Rec. Kvesic was a second half replacement during that game.

There is more upheaval, however, on the bench, with three new front rowers named in the shape of Tom Lindsay, Dan Murphy and Paul Doran-Jones and the return to the matchday squad of Jeremy Thrush and Rob Cook.

The two teams battled out an entertaining 39-39 draw in the first meeting between the two sides earlier this season, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media that not every member of the Gloucester coaching staff was happy with the nature of that game.

"I'm sure if you ask Jonny Bell (Defence Coach), he will say that he certainly doesn't wan to see the same number of tries conceded!

"It was a great game. Anyone who was there talks about it as being one of the standout games in the Premiership this season, for the quality of rugby played but also for the drama.

"From our point of view, to be leading by ten points going into the last few minutes of the game and not to come away with the win was disappointing. On the other hand, we were a bit lucky that Nick Evans' last gasp drop goal missed.

"That just shows how evenly matched the teams are. Harlequins will have a few players away due to international commitments, we're missing a few through injury. But, with the squad we have, we believe we can go out and win this weekend."

Gloucester Rugby:

Billy Burns; Charlie Sharples, Billy Meakes, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Steve McColl; James Hook, Willi Heinz; Paddy McAllister, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Mariano Galarza; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements:

Tom Lindsay, Dan Murphy, Paul Doran-Jones, Jeremy Thrush, Jacob Rowan, Callum Braley, Mark Atkinson, Rob Cook

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