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Gloucester look to young guns for ‘re-match’

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The 'Cherry and Whites', who have nine players unavailable, will also make late fitness calls on returning Springbok Thinus Delport and back row forward James Forrester.

Delport returned to Kingsholm training this week after receiving treatment on a knock picked up in South Africa's quarter-final match against the All Blacks.

The 22-year-old James Forrester will also receive late treatment after missing last weekend's Powergen Cup loss to London Irish.

Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Melville knows that Friday night's Zurich Premiership fixture with Wasps is a key game.

Commenting on gloucesterrugbyclub.com Melville said: "What the Gloucester team achieved last year was very special, but we've moved on, and what happens now is what counts."

Supporters of both sides will have last season's Zurich Premiership Final meeting between the two sides in their minds, but Melville was quick to play down any history.

"What happened last season is in the past. We don't carry it around with us. It's about what happens now.

"We finished top of the Premiership after 22 games and we won the Powergen Cup. Our achievements were very special, but Wasps won the Zurich Premiership Final and were crowned Champions.

"There is no specific grudge between the two sides. There is no different feeling between us and Wasps than any two Premiership sides who just want to win a fixture. It's just healthy competition, both on and off the pitch."

Gloucester start the game without Adam Eustace who injured his ribs against London Irish last weekend, and Mark Rimmer steps up to the bench.

Melville and Dean Ryan are also still without Junior Paramore (broken arm), Steve Brotherstone (knee), Terry Fanolua (broken thumb), Andy Hazell (suspension), Paul Johnstone (chest muscle) and Vickery, Woodman and Gomarsall who are all with the England World Cup set-up.

Gloucester: 15 Jon Goodridge/Thinus Delport, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Robert Todd, 12 Henry Paul, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Duncan McRae, 9 Simon Amor, 8 Peter Buxton, 7 James Forrester/Luke Narraway/James Merriman, 6 Jake Boer (captain), 5 Alex Brown, 4 Mark Cornwell, 3 Andy Deacon, 2 Chris Fortey, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.Replacements: 16 Chris Collins, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Adrian Olver, 19 Mark Rimmer, 20 Narraway/Merriman, 21 Alex Page, 22 Jon Goodridge/Josh Frape.

Kick-off: 19.45

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