Ben Morgan to captain Gloucester Rugby at Leicester Tigers
Ben Morgan will skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership fixture away at Leicester Tigers.
Morgan, who has already skippered Gloucester Rugby this season in the Heineken Cup at home to Castres Olympique, will lead a team that features half a dozen changes from the side that started against Sale Sharks last weekend.
Gerbrandt Grobler comes in to partner Franco Mostert in an all South African second row, while Freddie Clarke and Gareth Evans return to the back row.
Callum Braley replaces Willi Heinz at scrum-half, and Ollie Thorley and Mark Atkinson both return from injury to line up on the left wing and at inside centre respectively.
Speaking to the media this week, Head Coach Johan Ackermann admitted that video analysis hadn’t been fun this week, but that the team have been working hard to put things right for a fixture that will pose a tough challenge.
“The video wasn’t pretty, but we learned a lot about our lack of accuracy and the things that we did wrong. There are plenty of areas that we need to tweak and need to get better. We looked at ourselves in depth and at our detail.
“We also watched Bath against Leicester which was a bruising battle. Leicester created a lot of opportunities and were in the fight right until the end. You look at their team, and they have internationals everywhere.
“They’re a quality team and, despite their league position, the reality is that they’re going to be a desperate and highly motivated side. They’re also playing at home so we will have to up our game massively if we are to have any chance.”
15. Tom Hudson; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Owen Williams, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Jaco Visagie, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Gareth Evans, 8. Ben Morgan (capt)
16. Henry Walker, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Ed Slater, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Henry Trinder, 23. Matt Banahan
Ruan Ackermann, Danny Cipriani, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Todd Gleave, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Jaco Kriel, Franco Marais, Tom Marshall, Jake Polledri, Henry Purdy, Val Rapava Ruskin, Will Safe, Jason Woodward