Gloucester Rugby lineout boss James Hudson faces race against time to be fit to start season against Sale
LINEOUT guru James Hudson remains a doubt for Gloucester’s season opener against Sale Sharks – but boss Nigel Davies will give him every chance to prove his fitness.
New recruit Hudson suffered a pectoral muscle problem in Friday night’s 31-17 Kingsholm victory over Scarlets that completed Gloucester’s pre-season schedule.
Rugby director Davies admitted this afternoon that the former Newcastle Falcons captain is still battling the niggling injury.
Davies is keen to start the season with his chief lineout organiser on the field if possible.
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But should the 31-year-old lose out in his race against time, then the former Wales centre is confident in the cover within his squad.
Rupert Harden is fit to face the Sharks at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) after recovering from a knock picked up on Friday night.
Davies explained: “We’re still unsure about James Hudson at this point.
“It doesn’t look too serious, but we’re still not sure.
“So we will give James as long as possible before we make a decision to be honest.
“It would be a shame for James to miss out, especially as he’s had such a great pre-season with us.
“But we’ve got a number of strong second-rows in the squad and I’m comfortable with the options there if James does not make it in time.”