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Cowan gets Challenge Cup start for Gloucester


Jimmy Cowan will make his first start for Gloucester

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Article Published: Wednesday 17 October 2012


Former All Black Jimmy Cowan has been named to make his first start for Gloucester Rugby after Director of Rugby Nigel Davies made several changes for Thursday's Amlin Challenge Cup fixture at home to Bordeaux-Begles

Only seven of those who started last Thursday's win over Mont de Marsan - Shaun Knight, Will James, Sione Kalamafoni, Tim Molenaar, Mike Tindall, Charlie Sharples and Martyn Thomas - retain their places in the starting line up.

After two replacement appearances, Cowan makes his first start in a Gloucester shirt while James Simpson-Daniel and Billy Twelvetrees return in the back line, the latter at fly half.

Up front, Dan Murphy gets the nod at loosehead and there are returns for Huia Edmonds, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan and Jim Hamilton, who resumes the captaincy.

Last Thursday's 11-6 win was something of a dogfight in torrential rain in South West France and, talking to the media this week, Davies insisted getting the four points was the primary goal.

"Conditions had a big say in what we were able to do out in Mont de Marsan on the night and we probably had to play a little bit within ourselves to get that result.

"Now, we've just got to concentrate on building our game and getting good at our game. When that comes, we'll play very well and start getting bonus points. Bonus points are important but we can't think too far ahead, we have to win first."

Thursday evening's opposition, Bordeaux-Begles, suffered a 43-16 setback at home to London Irish last weekend but Davies isn't reading too much into that result.

"Not many of their players had played at the start of the season so it's not easy to take too much from their game last week.

"They'll probably be a bit disappointed with the way they went against Irish, and we'll expect a bit of a backlash from them.

"We've selected quite a different XV, a XV we think can do a job for us and it's really about us performing and moving us forward."

Thursday, 18 October 2012
Kick off: 19:45
Kingsholm
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Ita),
Assistant Ref: Carlo Damasco,
Assistant Ref: Claudio Blessano,
TMO: Alan Falzone,
Citing Commissioner: Richard Gwynn.

Teams

Gloucester Rugby: Martyn Thomas; Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall, Tim Molenaar, James Simpson-Daniel; Billy Twelvetrees, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Huia Edmonds, Shaun Knight, Will James, James Hamilton (c), Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan.

Replacements: Koree Britton, Nick Wood, Rupert Harden, Tom Savage, Matt Cox, Dan Robson, Tim Taylor, Rob Cook.

Bordeaux-Begles: Darly Domvo; Avenisi Vasuinubu, Charles Brousse, Michel Denetre, Thierry Brana; Nicolas Sanchez, Julien Seron; Franck Labbe, Fabien Rofes (c), Yassine Boutemane, Karolis Navickas, Francois Tisseau, Gautier Gibouin, Rohan Kitshoff, Damien Larrieu.

Replacements: Stéphane Fort, Laurent DelBoulbes, Jefferson Poirot, Andrew Chauveau, Felix Le Bourhis, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Hugh Chalmers.

 
 
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