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London Irish host Gloucester Rugby at the Madejski Stadium

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Article Published: Friday 27 December 2013


Gloucester Director of Rugby Nigel Davies has opted not to change his starting line up for Sunday's Aviva Premiership fixture against London Irish.

The 12-6 win over the Warriors at Kingsholm moved the Cherry and Whites up to 9th place in the table, and Gloucester will now be looking to finish 2013 on a winning note.

The only changes to Gloucester's matchday squad from last weekend see Will James and Gareth Evans come in for Tom Hicks and Akapusi Qera respectively amongst the replacements.

Both Premiership fixtures between the clubs last season, unusually, were won by the away side on the day, whilst Gloucester have won on their last two visits to Madejski Stadium in all competitions.

London Irish have slipped to five straight Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats since beating Harlequins 18-13 at Madejski Stadium in round 5, the Exiles have not been victorious at Reading in the Premiership since that encounter.

Gloucester Rugby ended a five game losing run in the Premiership with their 12-6 win over Worcester at Kingsholm on Sunday.

Gloucesterís solo away victory in the tournament since early February was 22- 16 at Newcastle on 29th September.

Both Premiership fixtures between the clubs last season were won by the away side on the day, whilst Gloucester have won on their last two visits to Madejski Stadium in all competitions.

Ofisa Treviranus will start for London Irish in the back row alongside Blair Cowan and Kieran Low.

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.

Tom as 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.

London Irish 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."

Match : London Irish v Gloucester Rugby
Date : Sunday 29th December
Venue : Madejski Stadium,
Kick Off : 2pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
Referee
: Andrew Small (95th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Paul Burton
TMO: Graham Hughes.

Teams

London Irish

15. James O'Connor ; 14. Topsy Ojo ; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Alex Lewington; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tom as O'Leary ; 1. Matt Parr; 2. Jimmy Stevens; 3. CJ Van Der Linde ; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Ian Gough ; 6. Kieran Low ; 7. Ofisa Treviranus ; 8. Blair Cowan

Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew; 17. John Yapp ; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. Nic Rouse; 20. Jebb Sinclair ; 21. Andrew Fenby; 22. Shane Geraghty ; 23. Ed Hoadley

Gloucester

Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, Jonny May; Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jimmy Cowan; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Will James, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Freddie Burns, Martyn Thomas

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