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- Aviva Premiership
- 27th Oct 2012
- KO 16:45
- Ground: Kingsholm
- Att: 15,110
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership match preview
Gloucester welcome back fly-half Freddie Burns for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers at Kingsholm.
Burns sat out Gloucester's Amlin Challenge Cup outings but he returns as one of five changes made by director of rugby Nigel Davies.
Rob Cook also comes into the backline, with Martyn Thomas making way, while Tom Savage, Nick Wood and Rupert Harden return to the pack.
Captain Jim Hamilton misses out, though, due to injury.
Leicester will be buoyed by the return of vastly experienced duo Geordan Murphy and Louis Deacon for the trip to Kingsholm.
Club captain Murphy has recovered from a knee complaint, while Deacon is promoted from the bench.
Leicester, though, are without Miles Benjamin, Tom Croft, Brett Deacon, Rob Hawkins, Wessel Jooste, Julian Salvi and Richard Thorpe due to injury.
Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall (captain), 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 1 Nick Wood, 2 Huia Edmonds, 3 Rupert Harden, 4 Tom Savage, 5 Will James, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Akapusi Qera, 8 Ben Morgan
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Peter Buxton, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Martyn Thomas, 23 Shane Monahan
Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (c), 14 Scott Hamilton, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Logovi'i Mulipola, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Louis Deacon, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Steve Mafi, 7 Thomas Waldrom, 8 Jordan Crane
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Graham Kitchener, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 George Ford, 23 Matt Smith
What they said...
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies
"I'm sure it'll be a tight, tough encounter. We've also gained a lot of experience in the past five or six matches of getting results towards the end of the game, so it should be an exciting fixture which goes right to the death."
Director of rugby Richard Cockerill
"Geordan and Deacs are two of our most experienced players and two of the leaders in the camp so it is good to have them back in the squad.
"We've had a decent start but it is important that we keep our form going, especially with the autumn international period coming up."
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|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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