Gloucester Rugby: Koree Britton ready to make switch says Davies
VERSATILE Koree Britton has all the attributes to make a success of switching to loosehead prop, bar the experience, believes boss Nigel Davies.
The gritty Gloucester hooker is ready to step into the loosehead breach if Dan Murphy's knee problem proves serious.
Murphy hobbled off after just four minutes of Sunday's 22-16 Premiership victory at Newcastle Falcons.
Nick Wood still has six weeks left of his ban for stamping at Saracens, while academy 20-year-old James Gibbons is still recovering from a mild knee ligament strain.
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Gloucester rugby director Davies admitted if Murphy's injury diagnosis brings bad news then he could dip into the market for a dispensation signing as cover.
Davies expects more news on former London Irish front-rower Murphy's situation later this week, once swelling subsides and further medical tests are complete.
In the meantime Devon-born 21-year-old Britton has jumped at the chance to try a tricky switch across the front-row, one of rugby's most specialist technical areas in all three positions.
Davies explained: "Koree put his hand up on the bus on the way back from Newcastle, saying he wanted to have a crack in the A League.
"He was a bit disappointed not to get more match time against Newcastle, so he wants to play and he wants to help out.
"I'd like to think that sums up the players' flexibility and determination to do what it takes for the club to succeed.
"But in this instance Koree's got an ability, he feels he can play on the loosehead and that's fantastic.
"If you look at his skill-set, profile, physicality and strength, it all fits, and if he can handle the scrummaging it could be interesting."
Davies said Gibbons would be vying for selection if fit, such is the progress the youngster has made in A League action for Gloucester so far this term.
Until there is further news on Murphy though, Davies said he still hopes the Romford-born 27-year-old and Yann Thomas can double up at loosehead in Wood's absence.
The Gloucester boss continued: "We'll wait for a report back on Dan in the next couple of days, and based on that we may have to move for someone.
"Dan's great, we look forward to giving him a run of games, with Yann, and that may still happen.
"James is out for another two weeks, so that puts us under pressure there.
"He would come into it if fit, but that's just not an option."