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Mont de Marsan
- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 1
- 19th Jan 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Kingsholm
- Att: 8,955
Amlin Challenge Cup: Strong-looking Gloucester target six wins from six
Gloucester have named a strong side as they look to secure a home quarter-final with victory over Top 14 side Mont de Marsan in Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup tie at Kingsholm.
Five successive Pool One victories have seen the Cherry and Whites clinch top spot with one game to spare and another triumph this weekend will see them guarantee a home quarter final.
With that in mind, head coach Nigel Davies has resisted the temptation to ring the changes.
Martyn Thomas starts at full-back, while hooker Koree Britton lines up alongside Nick Wood and Shaun Knight in the front row.
Will James and captain Jim Hamilton form the lock pairing with Tom Savage, Akapusi Qera and Sione Kalamafoni making up the back row.
Gloucester: 15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Jonny May, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Tom Savage, 5 Will James, 4 Jim Hamilton (capt), 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Peter Buxton, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Shane Monahan.
Mont-de-Marsan: 15 Yohann Durquet, 14 Jordan Beaulavon, 13 Simon Lucu, 12 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 11 William Ryder, 10 Jean Baptiste Claverie, 9 Arnaud Pic, 8 Alexandre Ricaud, 7 Vincent Farre, 6 Yann Brethous, 5 Scott Murray, 4 Sebastian De Chaves, 3 Tevita Mailau, 2 Thomas Bordes, 1 Julian Fiorini.
Replacements: 16 Pierre Correia, 17 Morgan Phelipponneau, 18 Eric Dos Santos, 19 Aldric Lescure, 20 Julien Cabannes, 21 Alexandre Douvesy, 22 Thibault Duvallet, 23 Mathieu Giudicelli.
What they said...
Gloucester head coach Nigel Davies
"If you look at the groups and how they've panned out, there's no doubt in my mind that we've got the toughest group with two Top 14 teams and another Aviva Premiership side in London Irish.
"So, for us to be five from five at this stage, we can be very pleased with that. But it's important that we finish on a high note, with a big performance and a win which allows us a home quarter final, which would be a fantastic occasion."
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