Hooker Darren Dawidiuk will make his first Aviva Premiership start of the season as Gloucester look to continue their recent run of good form in Sunday’s fixture at London Wasps.
Dawidiuk, in his second season at the club, has waited patiently for his opportunity. He played the second half against London Irish last weekend and gets the nod with Scott Lawson away on Scotland duty.
Gloucester are able to call upon Paul Doran-Jones, Luke Narraway and James Simpson-Daniel who all return from England Saxons action and all three are named in the starting line up.
These changes apart, the side is the one that defeated London Irish by 41 points to 8 in the LV= Cup last weekend.
Wasps are in fifth place in the table and Gloucester sixth, separated by just one point with Bryan Redpath’s side having two games in hand.
So, there is a huge amount riding on Sunday’s game and there is little to chose between the two sides if this season’s earlier fixture between the two sides is anything to go by – a 22 points to 20 victory for Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Head Coach Redpath is under no illusions about the size of the task in hand on Sunday.
“We have to keep pushing and making ourselves better. We’ve won our last two away games in Rovigo and Leeds which is great and scored a lot of points in the last five games. But, that’s gone, it’s in the past.”
“We now face a big challenge against Wasps at Adams Park and we haven’t won down there for a while. We’ve performed well in stages but not well enough over the duration of a game to beat them.”
“If we want to push for that top part of the league, we have to go away and put ourselves in a position to win away from home.”
“It’s going to be tough. Wasps are a good side and I respect them a huge amount. We were very close at home at the start of the season so it will be a challenge but one we should relish.”
Olly Morgan; Charlie Sharples, Tim Molenaar, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Nicky Robinson, Dave Lewis; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Paul Doran-Jones; Jim Hamilton, Alex Brown; Peter Buxton, Andrew Hazell, Luke Narraway (capt)
Olivier Azam, Yann Thomas, Rupert Harden, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Jordi Pasqualin, Freddie Burns, Tom Voyce