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- Aviva Premiership
- 29th Dec 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 8,306
Aviva Premiership match preview: London Irish v Gloucester
- Saturday's Aviva Prem preview
- Young happy with Wasps
- McCall 'satisfied' with romp
- O'Shea: race will be tight
- Davies: Pretty stressful
- Mallinder tribute to North
- Cockerill: 'Sale cheated'
- Wasps sting Falcons
- Saints comeback sinks Bath
- Sarries cruise to Warriors win
- Gloucester hold off Irish
- Tigers hold off Sharks surge
- Harlequins see off Chiefs
London Irish take on Gloucester at Madejski Stadium on Sunday looking to halt a five-match Aviva Premiership losing run.
Flanker Ofisa Treviranus will start for the 11th-placed hosts, with the Samoa international playing alongside Blair Cowan and Kieran Low in the back row.
George Skivington and Ian Gough will partner in the second row with Matt Parr, Jimmy Stevens and CJ Van Der Linde in the front row.
Tomas O'Leary and Ian Humphreys will form the half back combination and Eamonn Sheridan and Fergus Mulchrone will continue to play together in the centre. Alex Lewington returns to the back three to play alongside Topsy Ojo and James O'Connor.
Director of rugby Brian Smith said: "We've had a very good preparation for the match and we're looking forward to our supporters coming out in numbers to see us at home on Sunday.
"The players are ready to go and we expect a fierce battle with Gloucester in every department."
Gloucester Rugby ended their own five-game losing run in the Premiership with a hard fought 12-6 win over Worcester at Kingsholm on Sunday
Director of rugby Nigel Davies has opted not to change his starting line-up following that victory, which moved the Cherry and Whites up to ninth place in the table.
But Will James and Gareth Evans have come in for Tom Hicks and Akapusi Qera among the replacements.
London Irish: 15 O'Connor, 14 Ojo, 13 Mulchrone, 12 Sheridan, 11 Lewington, 10 Humphreys, 9 O'Leary, 8 Cowan, 7 Treviranus, 6 Low, 5 Gough, 4 Skivington (c), 3 Van Der Linde, 2 Stevens, 1 Parr.
Replacements: 16 Mayhew, 17 Yapp, 18 Halavatau, 19 Rouse, 20 Sinclair, 21 Fenby, 22 Geraghty, 23 Hoadley
Gloucester: 15 Cook, 14 Sharples, 13 Trinder, 12 Tindall, 11 May, 10 Twelvetrees (c), 9 Cowan, 8 Morgan, 7 Kvesic, 6 Cox, 5 Hudson, 4 Stooke, 3 Puafisi, 2 Dawidiuk, 1 Wood.
Replacements: 16 Edmonds, 17 Thomas, 18 Knight, 19 James, 20 Evans, 21 Robson, 22 Burns, 23 Thomas
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Aviva Premiership Table
|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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