Gloucester Rugby: We're fired up for Munster, says Nigel Davies
BEN Morgan will lead Gloucester's cast-list of stars with a point to prove out in Munster, believes Nigel Davies.
The Kingsholm boss admits he does not know his strongest Cherry and Whites line-up – so will stick to his brave selection strategy in Limerick on Saturday.
Last week Davies told his players exactly who would face Perpignan – but in-house at least also confirmed a vastly altered line-up to take on Munster at Thomond Park this weekend.
Rupert Harden, Darren Dawidiuk and Charlie Sharples can all be expected to start against Munster (6pm) after not featuring in the 27-22 Perpignan victory.
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Rugby director Davies confirmed Saturday's opening Heineken Cup pool six triumph will not tempt him to change his unusual two-week selection policy.
Henry Trinder's injury and Freddie Burns' illness ruled that pair out of the Perpignan clash though, so Davies could yet tinker his plans slightly.
Fly-half Jonny Bentley and flanker Matt Cox could be in line for their competitive first-team season bows this weekend though.
Davies explained: "It will be a group of players chomping at the bit to show what they can do too out in Munster.
"Right now I couldn't tell you what my first team is.
"Three or four of them are nailed-in, but after that it's all up for grabs, so we're still going to use these two games to establish that.
"I'm not sure Saturday night was about proving points.
"We knew we are much better than we performed against Exeter, and we just needed to step it up.
"The atmosphere had been positive in the Perpignan build-up, frustrated yes, but also keen to put in a big performance. And to a man they were able to get out there and do just that."
Edinburgh shocked Munster at Murrayfield with a 29-23 victory – and Davies admits that will only whip Saturday's hosts into a furious frenzy. He continued: "Edinburgh's win certainly opens up the pool, but that doesn't change our challenge out in Munster."