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Gloucester name side for West Country showdown

Gloucester name side for West Country showdown

Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Bryan Redpath makes five changes to the side that defeated Northampton Saints last weekend as his side welcome local rivals Bath Rugby to Kingsholm on Saturday.

Both sides are on a tear at the moment. Gloucester have won eight in a row in all competitions while Bath have only lost one of their past nine games. So, something has to give.

This recent form has seen the two sides move into third and fourth place respectively in the Aviva Premiership table with Gloucester just four points ahead of the men from the Rec.

Gloucester took the spoils in the first meeting between the two sides with an 18-3 win at the Rec back in October and will be seeking to complete the double over their near rivals.

Charlie Sharples returns having missed out on the Northampton trip due to injury while Henry Trinder replaces Tim Molenaar at outside centre.

The two Lawsons, Rory and Scott, are back from international duty with Scotland and come in at scrum half and hooker and the final change sees Andy Hazell named at openside after illness.

After a recent run of testing fixtures, the clash with Bath is perhaps the toughest encounter in recent weeks and Redpath knows his side will have to be on their mettle:

“We’ve got to focus on our jobs and on what we can control. We can’t control what Bath do all week and what their mindset is coming into the game.”

“But we can certainly control our own thoughts and mind process and that’s got to be strong for us.”

“That win at Rec has no relevance to this weekend. We’ve got to get our stuff right. That night was great for everyone involved. We held the field position well that evening and got rewards for it.”

“It’ll be the same challenge this weekend. We’ve got to be strong, we’ve got to be disciplined. They’ve got a big attacking threat and have always had a good set piece so it’s a proper challenge on Saturday. It’s a big game.”

Gloucester Rugby:

Olly Morgan, Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Tom Voyce; Nicky Robinson, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Paul Doran-Jones; Will James, Jim Hamilton; Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway (capt)

Replacements:

Olivier Azam, Yann Thomas, Rupert Harden, Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Jordi Pasqualin, Freddie Burns, Tim Molenaar

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