Premiership: Jack Clement and Matias Alemanno to start for Gloucester against Exiles

David Skippers

Head coach George Skivington has named his side for Gloucester’s Premiership clash against London Irish on Friday.

Gloucester are without five international players with Kirill Gotovtsev, Mark Atkinson, Chris Harris, Louis Rees-Zammit and Stephen Varney all away with their nations.

Skivington has made two changes in the pack with Jack Clement and Matias Alemanno coming in to the starting line-up.

The front-row is unchanged from the win over Newcastle with Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain packing down along with Freddie Clarke, Ruan Ackermann and captain Lewis Ludlow.

In the backs, Kyle Moyle comes in at full-back with Ollie Thorley and Santiago Carreras on the wings. Giorgi Kveseladze starts at 13 and partners Billy Twelvetrees in the midfield.

Lloyd Evans is handed the starting 10 shirt and will line up alongside fellow Academy graduate Charlie Chapman at half-back.

There is an exciting list of replacements with Santiago Socino, Harry Elrington, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Andrew Davidson and Alex Craig covering the forwards. Ben Meehan, Adam Hastings and Tom Seabrook are named as back replacements.

Matt Rogerson leads Exiles

Meanwhile, London Irish boss Declan Kidney has named his squad that is set to travel to Gloucester for this Premiership encounter.

Will Goodrick-Clarke, Matt Cornish and Ollie Hoskins are in the front-row, with Rob Simmons and Adam Coleman in the second-row.

Matt Rogerson captains the side from the six jersey and is joined in the back-row by Juan Martin Gonzalez and Olly Cracknell.

Nick Phipps and Paddy Jackson are the halfback duo with Benhard van Rensburg and Lucio Cinti linking up in the centres.

Ben Loader, Kyle Rowe and James Stokes make up the back three.

Form: Gloucester’s only defeat in their last six Premiership Rugby fixtures was 17-20 at home to Harlequins in Round 12 – their only loss at Kingsholm in any competition since October. London Irish have lost just one Premiership Rugby match since Round Seven: 30-38 at Wasps on Boxing Day. The Exiles have won twice away from home in Premiership Rugby this campaign, at Exeter in Round Six and at Harlequins in Round Nine. The last five encounters between the two clubs have been evenly split with two wins apiece and a draw, the tie being 25-25 at Brentford Community Stadium in Round Five. London Irish have won just twice at Kingsholm in Premiership Rugby, 13-9 in January 2006 and 18-12 in January 2013.

The teams:

Gloucester: 15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Santiago Carreras, 13 Giorgi Kveseladze, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Charlie Chapman, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Lewis Ludlow (c), 6 Jack Clement, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Freddie Clarke, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Val Rapava-Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Alex Craig, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Tom Seabrook

London Irish: 15 James Stokes, 14 Kyle Rowe, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Olly Cracknell, 7 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 2 Matt Cornish, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Tom Pearson, 21 Hugh O’Sullivan, 22 Terrence Hepetema, 23 Cillian Redmond

Venue: Kingsholm
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant Referees: Christophe Ridley, Jamie Leahy
TMO: David Rose

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