Win Win Needed
By New Cherry
December 6 2019


Back to back win against Connacht are needed if we are to keep our European Champions Cup hopes alive.

Defeats in our first two games make life much harder and it certainly won't be easy at Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 1.00) - and even harder at the Sportsground next week - against a side who have won one and lost one.

There are changes in the pack for the first leg with Fraser Balmain starting ahead of Jamal Ford-Robinson, Gerbrandt Grobler for Alex Craig and Jake Polledri replacing Lewis Ludlow.

Less movement in the backs with Callum Braley  making his 100th  appearance.

Gloucs: 15. Tom Marshall; 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Joe Simpson; 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ben Morgan (captain).

Reps: Todd Gleave, Josh Hohneck,  Jamal Ford-Robinson, Alex Craig,  Lewis Ludlow,  Callum Braley,  Billy Twelvetrees, Matt Banahan.


Connacht have skipper Jarrad Butler back at No. 8.

Connacht: 15.  John Porch; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Bundee Aki, 12. Peter Robb, 11. Kyle Godwin; 10. Jack Carty, 9. Caolin Blade;  1. Denis Buckley, 2. Tom McCartney, 3. Finlay Bealham; 4. Joe Maksymiw, 5. Quinn Roux; 6. Eoghan Masterson, 7. Colby Fainga'a, 8. Jarrad Butler (Capt). 

Reps: Jonny Murphy, Matthew Burke, Dominic Robertson McCoy, Ultan Dillane, Robin Copeland, Stephen Kerins, Conor Fitzgerald, Tom Daly.