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- Aviva Premiership
- 22nd Sep 2012
- KO 15:15
- Ground: Kingsholm
- Att: 10,782
Gloucester v Wasps: Teams
At Kingsholm, Saturday September 22, live on SSHD2 from 3pm
Full-back Rob Cook and back-rower Sione Kalamafoni will make their first starts for Gloucester when they welcome Wasps to Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon.
Cook and Kalamafoni have both made cameo appearances from the bench this season, but are called into the starting line-up as two of seven changes director of rugby Nigel Davies has made to the side that started at Worcester last weekend.
Lincoln-born Cook is handed the No.15 jersey with Jonny May moving to the right wing in the absence of injured duo Charlie Sharples and Shane Monahan.
Freddie Burns returns at fly-half and, to accommodate him, Billy Twelvetrees moves across to inside centre.
Darren Dawidiuk will start at hooker and Tom Savage moves into the second row from the blind side flank with Tongan international Kalamafoni taking over the number six shirt.
Speaking ahead of the match, Gloucester chief Davies is hoping to take the momentum gathered from a win and a draw in the last two fixtures into the televised clash.
He said: "We've learned a lot about ourselves, we've been able to progress and have had three competitive fixtures now. That's where you really test yourselves.
"We've learned a lot. I believe we've got a clear understanding of where our game needs to be and what it's about and, if we can get anywhere near it, then we're going to play a good brand of rugby come Saturday."
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's trip to the West Country.
Tommy Bell gets his first start at full-back in place of skipper Hugo Southwell, who misses out with a hand injury. James Haskell replaces Joe Launchbury, who is also out with injury, while Zak Taulafo starts after this try-scoring impact from the bench against London Irish last weekend.
Marco Wentzel captains the side this weekend as Wasps go in search of a first win on the road this season following a bonus point victory over the Exiles at Adams Park last weekend.
Despite scoring four tries in their win over London Irish last week Young wants an improved showing from his side.
"We are looking for a consistent 80 minute performance, which we haven't put together yet in any of our three games," he said.
"We have a chance of going down there and winning if we do that well, and if we don't they are a physical side with backs who can really punish you."
Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Ben Morgan. 7 Andy Hazell, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Jim Hamilton (c), 4 Tom Savage, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Will James, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Mike Tindall, 23 Martyn Thomas.
London Wasps: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Andrea Masi, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 James Haskell, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Zak Taulafo, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Fabio Staibano, 19 James Cannon, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Nick Robinson, 23 Jack Wallace.
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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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