Pride on the line at Sixways
May 7, 2010
Worcester fullback Chris Latham will play his last game for the club © Getty Images
Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath has taken no chances with his team selection as they look to end their Guinness Premiership campaign on a high with victory over already-relegated Worcester at Sixways.
With the Cherry and Whites hoping that Toulon can win the European Challenge Cup against Cardiff on May 23 and grant them entry into the Heineken Cup via the backdoor, they have little more than local pride to play for against the Warriors, whose six season stay in the Premiership was ended by Leeds two weeks ago.
England international Luke Narraway returns at No.8 for Gloucester while former All Black Greg Somerville will make his final appearance for the club off the bench after agreeing to join the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 franchise next season.
"We don't know what Worcester will be like. We've got to go on the fact that they've been very competitive and have been a very proud side," Redpath said. "Their mindset will be that 'we're down but we're going to go away with some pride and send away the people that have supported us all season with a win on a local derby against Gloucester'."
Worcester's relegation meant the end of Mike Ruddock's time at the club and Warriors academy manager Andrew Stanley will take charge this weekend. Joe Carlisle gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Willie Walker while veteran fullback Chris Latham will skipper the side in his final appearance before heading for pastures new. James Collins starts in the back-row despite an RFU disciplinary charge hanging over his head in the wake of an ugly incident involving the crowd at the Leeds game although Chris Cracknell, also allegedly involved, has been banned for two weeks by the club.
Worcester: Chris Latham (capt); Chris Pennell, Alex Grove, Dale Rasmussen, Marcel Garvey; Joe Carlisle, Jonny Arr; Adam Black, Aleki Lutui, Olivier Sourgens, Graham Kitchener, Craig Gillies, Tom Wood, James Collins, Kai Horstmann
Replacements: Callum Black, Chris Fortey, Jack Gilding, Will Bowley, Matt Cox, Louis Silver, Willie Walker, Calum MacRae
Gloucester: Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall (capt), Tim Molenaar, Lesley Vainikolo; Nicky Robinson, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Paul Doran-Jones; Dave Attwood, Alex Brown; Peter Buxton, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway
Replacements: Olivier Azam, Alasdair Dickinson, Greg Somerville, Will James, Alasdair Strokosch, Jordi Pasqualin, Tim Taylor, Charlie Sharples
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