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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester host Worcester at Kingsholm
It's going to be a difficult encounter for us because you look at Worcester, and how they've played, and they've been in games for long periods before falling away late.
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Gloucester aim to end a five-match Aviva Premiership losing run against Worcester at Kingsholm on Sunday.
Gloucester's only home win in the Premiership so far this season remains a 26-24 success over Northampton in Round Three and they are still without a victory in the competition since beating Newcastle 22-16 on September 29.
But opponents Worcester Warriors are in a run which has seen just one win in their last 20 matches in all competitions, a 21-16 success at Cardiff Blues in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on November 8.
Gloucester coach Nigel Davies knows that bottom side Warriors, although still looking for their first win in the competition, have been competitive in most of their games to date.
"It's going to be a difficult encounter for us because you look at Worcester, and how they've played, and they've been in games for long periods before falling away late," he said.
"They'll be a tough nut to crack, and we have to be in the right frame of mind, which means not just being physically ready for the challenge but also being prepared to play rugby, our style of rugby."
Billy Twelvetrees will continue to captain Gloucester in the absence of club captain Tom Savage who has undergone surgery on a pectoral injury.
On Sunday, he will lead the side from the fly-half position, with Freddie Burns named amongst the replacements.
Mike Tindall will partner Henry Trinder in midfield, with Charlie Sharples also returning to the starting line-up.
Nick Wood is back at loose head prop, and Tongan international Sila Puafisi will make his first full start at tight head.
In the back row, Matt Cox and Matt Kvesic will line up against their former club. Cox comes in for Sione Kalamafoni who picked up an ankle injury against Edinburgh last weekend.
Meanwhile, centurions full-back Chris Pennell and outside centre Alex Grove will return to Warriors' starting line-up.
The duo, who both signed contract extensions at Sixways earlier this month, are named in the backline after being rested for last week's trip to Biarritz.
Director of Rugby Dean Ryan makes nine changes to the side which travelled to France. Ofa Fainga'anuku, Chris Brooker and Rob O'Donnell return in the front-row, while James Percival and Mariano Galarza are recalled to the second row.
Captain Jonathan Thomas will start at number eight and there could also be a return to action for Argentinian international Leonardo Senatore, who is handed a place on the bench.
James Stephenson is the only other change in the backline as Warriors go to Kingsholm looking to close the gap on their local rivals.
Ryan said: "I asked a lot of people to put their hands up last week and I was really pleased with how well some people did. It has given me more choice in terms of this weekend's selection.
"In reality, winning would be a huge lift. I think it would be a catalyst and reward for the progress the players are making."
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|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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