London Welsh v Gloucester Rugby team news: Bucko's back
HARDENED campaigner Pete Buxton slots into Gloucester’s back-row for Sunday’s London Welsh trip – for his first Cherry and Whites action of the season.
The gritty 34-year-old replaces injured Ben Morgan, who has picked up a dead calf.
Sione Kalamafoni shifts to number eight, with Buxton at blindside.
After a string of impressive performances captaining second string Gloucester United so far this term, now Cheltenham-born Buxton has his chance to impress under new boss Nigel Davies.
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Gloucester will need all his breakdown battling qualities against a London Welsh side that have proved themselves physical and robust since their summer promotion.
Mike Tindall slots in at outside centre in place of Henry Trinder, while Huia Edmonds continues at hooker while Darren Dawidiuk battles a knee problem.
Gearing up for a bruising encounter at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick-off), Gloucester boss Davies said he expects to face a team formed in the image of their coach, Lyn Jones.
Davies explained: “Welsh have already proved they have the capability and the nous to take on and beat plenty of teams in this division.
“Lyn Jones is someone I know well, having played with him, and he’s a very shrewd operator.
“He knows what it takes to set up a team that’s tough to beat, that’s difficult to break down, and he’s already shown that that’s what Welsh have to offer.
“So we’re definitely ready for a real battle down there, and we’re excited about that too.”
Gloucester took the chance to play with width where possible in last week’s 29-22 Wasps victory.
But Davies expects Sunday’s clash to be far tighter.
He continued: “They will squeeze us and look to force errors from us, so we’ve got to understand that – and stand up to it.”
GLOUCESTER: Rob Cook, Jonny May, Mike Tindall, Billy Twelvetrees, James Simpson-Daniel, Freddie Burns, Dan Robson, Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden, Tom Savage, Jim Hamilton (capt), Pete Buxton, Andy Hazell, Sione Kalamafoni. Replacements: Koree Britton, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Will James, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Henry Trinder, Martyn Thomas.