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Laidlaw returns as Gloucester Rugby travel to take on Wasps

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw, short-listed for World Rugby Player of the Year last week, is named in the Gloucester Rugby starting line-up for the first time this season for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership fixture at Wasps on Sunday.

Laidlaw will start at scrum-half in a new look Gloucester half-back partnership at the Ricoh Arena, with Billy Burns starting his first game of the season at fly-half. James Hook moves to inside centre.

Meanwhile, in the pack, Elliott Stooke returns to partner Tom Savage in the second row with Sione Kalamafoni, who has packed down in the boiler room for the past two weeks, reverting to his usual position of blindside flanker.

Both teams will be looking to round off the opening phase of Aviva Premiership matches with a victory before heading into European action.

Wasps have won just one of their past five Premiership matches while Gloucester are looking for their first league win at the Ricoh on just their second trip there, although they did win an Anglo-Welsh semi-final at the same venue in March 2009.

Gloucester Rugby:

Charlie Sharples; David Halaifonua, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), James Hook, Jonny May; Billy Burns, Greig Laidlaw; Paddy McAllister, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Elliott Stooke; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements:

Chris Brooker, Yann Thomas, Paul Doran-Jones, Ross Moriarty, Jacob Rowan, Willi Heinz, Henry Purdy, Rob Cook
 

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