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Gloucester’s Cornwell set for 100th match

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Cornwell made his debut against Bristol in 1995 and while admitting it was an honour to have represented the club for so long, his focus remained on the club.

"We are enjoying a good run at the moment and I hope we can continue the good form for the rest of the season and build on the success we enjoyed last season," he said.

Gloucester's Director of Rugby Nigel Melville also put a lot of emphasis on the importance of the match, saying: "Bristol is an enormous game for us. They have a lot of good players, particularly at halfback, and a lot of pace out wide. They are the sort of team that can capitalise on the smallest mistake and score a lot of tries."

Melville is expected to give England prop Trevor Woodman his first start since injuring his neck during the November internationals, and is also likely to include a fit-again Andy Deacon (knee) in the front row.

"Trevor has looked good in training, he played well in a difficult game against Leicester, which was a big game for him to come back in, now he needs games," said Melville. "It will be another boost for the squad, the front row boys have had a hard time this season."

Prop Rodrigo Roncero remains in doubt after sustaining an ankle injury in the Powergen Cup semi-final against Leicester, but Darren Molloy's shoulder injury is not as bad as first thought and will be fit for selection.

Gloucester's cult hero Terry Fanolua is also a doubt with an ankle injury, though he may yet make a late run for selection. If Fanolua does not make the kick-off – and with Robert Todd still banned – Gloucester are still able to call on the exciting midfield pairing of James Simpson-Daniel and Henry Paul, both of whom are capped internationals.

Gloucester squad:

Forwards: Olivier Azam, Jake Boer, Mark Cornwell, Andy Deacon, Adam Eustace, James Forrester, Chris Fortey, Andy Hazel, Darren Molloy, Junior Paramore, Ed Pearce, Rodrigo Roncero.

Backs: Simon Amor, Tom Beim, Chris Catling, Thinus Delport, Terry Fanolua, Marcel Garvey, Andy Gomarsall, Ludovic Mercier, Henry Paul, James Simpson-Daniel, Clive Stuart-Smith.

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT


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