Bourgoin v Gloucester: Teams

Bourgoin v Gloucester, Friday 8th December, live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm.

Last updated: 7th December 2007  

Bourgoin v Gloucester: Teams

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England international Olly Morgan will wear the number fifteen shirt for Gloucester's crucial Heineken Cup trip to Bourgoin on Friday at the Stade Pierre Rajon.

Gloucester coach Dean Ryan has moved Iain Balshaw out to the wing to cover for Lesley Vainikolo, who has returned to New Zealand for a week because of a family bereavement.

Ryan has been able to keep the majority of the side together which has taken them to the top of Pool Two.

The visitors will be without second row Marco Bortolami for the trip though, as he has a calf injury, while flanker Andy Hazell is out with a twisted knee.

James Simpson-Daniel returns to the wing as Mike Tindall and Anthony Allen resume their centre partnership having missed the EDF Energy Cup victory over the Dragons.

Nick Wood starts at loosehead prop after signing a new two-year contract extension last week, while Olivier Azam starts at hooker and Carlos Nieto at tighthead.

Peter Buxton will skipper the side from the second row alongside Alex Brown, allowing Alasdair Strokosch to wear number six.

Akapusi Qera comes in for Hazell and Gareth Delve, outstanding against the Dragons, wears number eight.

Bourgoin have Benjamin Boyet in the number ten jersey to form a half-back partnership with scrum-half Morgan Parra.

The French outfit will be hoping for revenge after losing 37-18 to their English opponents on home soil back in 2004.

They are in good form in Europe having beaten Ulster on home soil last time out in the competition.

Formidable centre pairing of Rudi Coetzee and Sebastien Laloo will be two men Gloucester will want to keep an eye on.

Bourgoin: 15 Anthony Forest, 14 David Janin, 13 Rudi Coetzee, 12 Sebastien Laloo, 11 Matthieu Nicolas; 10 Benjamin Boyet, 9 Morgan Parra; 1 Karena Wihongi, 2 Benoit Cabello, 3 Pablo Cardinali, 4 Julien Pierre (capt), 5 Damien Fevre, 6 Julien Frier, 7 Mark Rennie, 8 Wessel Jooste.

Replacements: 16 Jean-Philippe Genevois, 17 Olivier Sourgens, 18 Chris Wyatt, 19 Sylvian Nicolas, 20 MickaŽl Forest, 21 Matias Viazzo, 22 Jean-Francois Coux.

Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 James Simpson-Daniel, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Iain Balshaw; 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Rory Lawson; 1 Nick Wood, 2 Olivier Azam, 3 Carlos Nieto, 4 Peter Buxton (capt), 5 Alex Brown, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 7 Akapusi Qera, 8 Gareth Delve.

Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Christian Califano, 18 Will James, 19 Luke Narraway, 20 Gareth Cooper, 21 Chris Paterson, 22 Leon Lloyd.

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