Worcester v Gloucester Rugby team news
NIGEL Davies has made two changes to his pack and his backs as Gloucester aim to make it two road wins on the bounce at Worcester tomorrow.
Shane Monahan will make his first start in the Aviva Premiership on the right wing after Charlie Sharples was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Monahan featured as a replacement at the Madejski Stadium last week when the cherry and whites secured their first win of the season against London Irish and has impressed in the A League.
Billy Twelvetrees will move to fly-half for his first start in the ten shirt with Freddie Burns named among the replacements after an ankle injury disrupted the former Bath man’s training preparations.
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Mike Tindall will come into the inside centre berth alongside Henry Trinder in midfield with Rupert Harden replacing Shaun Knight at tighthead prop.
Australian international hooker Huia Edmonds will also make his first Premiership start for the club after being drafted in for Darren Dawidiuk in the final change as the majority of last week’s squad are retained.
Worcester have begun their campaign with two defeats but scrapped for everything at Welford Road last weekend and Davies knows he will have a real dogfight on his hands at Sixways.
He said: “We’re still a team that is evolving. We’ve got a lot work to do and we know that it’s going to be a real dog fight. What I can assure everybody is that we’ll hang in there and be in that fight.
“There are elements of the game that we have to focus on and we know that, if we get those right, then we’ll be in control of the game. If we don’t, they will.
“We know exactly where we are, we know exactly what we have to do and we know how tough a game this is going to be.
“Worcester is so close to Gloucester that it’s a huge game. I’m all too aware of what local derbies mean particularly to our supporters.
“But, from our point of view, we just want to get some momentum going as a team. We feel we’ve kick started our season a little bit and want to continue that momentum.”
Gloucester: Jonny May; Shane Monahan, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, James Simpson-Daniel; Billy Twelvetrees, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Rupert Harden; Will James, Jim Hamilton (capt); Tom Savage, Andy Hazell, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Darren Dawidiuk, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Freddie Burns, Rob Cook