Ollie Thorley set for 100th appearance in Challenge Cup quarter-final against Saracens

Ollie Thorley set for 100th appearance in Challenge Cup quarter-final against Saracens

George Skivington has named his side for Gloucester Rugby’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Saracens with Ollie Thorley set to make his 100th appearance in Cherry and White.

There are just three changes to the starting line-up that beat Bath 64-0 last time out with Val Rapava-Ruskin and Fraser Balmain both returning to the front row and Jordy Reid coming into the starting side at flanker.

The back line is unchanged with Santiago Carreras starting at fullback with Louis Rees-Zammit and Ollie Thorley on the wings. Mark Atkinson and Chris Harris partner in the midfield with Adam Hastings and Charlie Chapman at halfback.

In the pack, Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain start in the front row with Freddie Clarke and Matias Alemanno continuing their partnership in the second row. Ben Morgan, Jordy Reid and captain Lewis Ludlow complete the forward pack.

There is a strong list of replacements with Santiago Socino, Harry Elrington, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Andrew Davidson and Jack Clement covering the forwards and Ben Meehan, Billy Twelvetrees and Tom Seabrook covering the backs.   

George Skivington is looking forward to the game.

“We’re really looking forward to it. The atmosphere last weekend was unbelievable. The voices and the shouting and the pre and post match stuff, it was unbelievable. It was a big occasion for all of the supporters and I think they were grateful for what the boys delivered and the boys are always grateful for the noise that is made and everybody who comes.

“We’re looking forward to more of the same again here on Friday night. Hopefully we get as many bodies in as we can and the cheers will be loud and we can give everyone something to enjoy.

“It’s really exciting and it’s nice to have some back to back games at Kingsholm.”

Gloucester Rugby

15. Santiago Carreras

14. Louis Rees-Zammit *

13. Chris Harris

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Ollie Thorley *

10. Adam Hastings

9. Charlie Chapman *

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Jack Singleton

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Freddie Clarke *

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Jordy Reid

7. Lewis Ludlow * (c)

8. Ben Morgan

16. Santiago Socino

17. Harry Elrington

18. Jamal Ford-Robinson

19. Andrew Davidson

20. Jack Clement *

21. Ben Meehan

22. Billy Twelvetrees

23. Tom Seabrook *   

*Denotes Academy player or graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy.

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