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Young guns set to shine for Gloucester

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Aled Thomas will skipper Gloucester against the Ospreys at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon (kick off 3pm), leading a side that features some of the club’s brightest young talent.

Thomas will captain the side from full back, in a back line that features a trio of 2014 Junior World Cup winners in Billy Burns, Callum Braley and Henry Purdy.

Meanwhile, featuring on the wings are 21 year old Steph Reynolds and 18 year old Ollie Thorley, who became the youngest player to play for the first team in the professional era when he played the full 80 minutes in the LV= Cup fixture at Northampton Saints in November 2013.

The pack features more first team experience from the likes of Darren Dawidiuk, Dan Murphy and Sila Puafisi in the front row and Elliott Stooke at lock, while there is a welcome return for Jacob Rowan in the back row.

On media duty this week was Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe, and he insisted that Saturday's game has significance for a number of reasons.

"This competition is important to the club and it gives the younger guys a chance to stake a claim, get some experience and show everyone what they can do.

"I think it's a brilliant competition for the young players. They'll be playing in front of a big crowd on Saturday at Kingsholm – what more could you want?

"There is that developmental angle, but we've prepared all week to perform and go out there and get a win. This game is as important as any other. We want to take the game to the Ospreys and keep this winning run going.

"Saracens are leading the group, and we'd need them to slip up. But we're just concentrating on ourselves, trying to put in two good performances and get two wins and then we'll see where we are.”

Gloucester Rugby:
Aled Thomas (capt); Steph Reynolds, Henry Purdy, Bill Meakes, Ollie Thorley; Billy Burns, Callum Braley; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, Tom Hicks; Dan Thomas, Jacob Rowan, Ross Moriarty

Replacements:
Aleki Lutui, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Joe Batley, Lewis Ludlow, Dan Robson, Elliott Creed, Kai Little

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