Same Threequarters But Five Move In The Pack

Kingsholm, Saturday, September 9th

Gloucester retain the same back division that stunned Newcastle on Wednesday evening but make five changes in the pack, one positional.

Both Jones come back having been rested on Wednesday. Ian Jones resumes the captaincy while Kingsley replaces the whirlwind that is Andy Hazell who sits on the replacements bench.

Two players who came on as substitutes against the Falcons get starts – blindside flanker Jake Boer and hooker Chris Fortey. Olivier Azam moves across to prop as Serge Simon moves to the bench.

Chris Catling has recovered sufficiently from his leg injury to be named as a replacement.

Team Manager John Brain explained the changes, “We try to rotate the players. Ojo started on Wednesday, tomorrow he’s on the bench, likewise Kingsley Jones – he’ll have fresh legs. Ian Jones, again there’s a pair of fresh legs. Its nice to see Cats fit again as well.”

He added, “We want to create a competitive environment. So Adam Eustace and Rob Jewell are not in the squad this time but they’ll be needed by the end of the season.”

“The standard is very high if you want to aspire to a place in the top three,” he continued, “Its international standard and games against the top four in the league are every bit as hard as a 6 Nations game and it takes players of very high calibre.

Gloucester:

Bath:
15. Terry Fanolua
14. Franck Schisano
13. Joe Ewens
12. Chris Yates
11. Dave Lougheed
10. Byron Hayward
9. Andy Gomarsall

1. Olivier Azam
2. Chris Fortey
3. Adey Powles
4. Rob Fidler
5. Ian Jones (capt)
6. Jake Boer
7. Kingsley Jones
8. Junior Paramore

Replacements:
16. Ian Sanders
17. Chris Catling
18. Serge Simon
19. Stephane Sanchez
20. Mark Cornwell
21. Steve Ojomoh
22. Andy Hazell
15. Matt Perry
14. Rob Thirlby
13. Kevin Maggs
12. Mike Tindall
11. Adedayo Adebayo
10. Mike Catt
9. Jon Preston

1. David Barnes
2. Mark Regan
3. John Mallett
4. Martin Haag
5. Steve Borthwick
6. Angus Gardiner
7. Ben Clarke
8. Nathan Thomas

Replacements:
16. Gareth Cooper
17. Andy Long
18. Chris Horsman
19. Iain Balshaw
20. Jeremy Guscott
21. Gavin Thomas
22. Dan Lyle or Mark Gabey