GLOUCESTER RUGBY Scottish hero Laidlaw starts

Gloucester Rugby crestScotland's inspirational World Cup captain Greig Laidlaw make his first Gloucester Rugby start of the season, at Wasps in the Premiership today (1500ko).

Laidlaw starts at scrum-half in a new-look Gloucester half-back partnership with Bath-born Billy Burns, 21, starting his first game of the season at fly-half. Wales' James Hook moves to inside centre.

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EXETER CHIEFS Nowell roars in to face Tigers

exeter chiefs logoEngland international wing Jack Nowell roars back for Exeter Chiefs' Premiership clash against three-wins-from-three Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park tomorrow (1730ko).

 

 

The 22-year-old Flying Cornishman was forced to sit out last Sunday's six-try 41-3 round three triumph at Newcastle but returns in a starting XV that shows two changes.

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PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC Dawe sticks with winning XV

Plymouth Albion RFC lock Dan Collier in line-out leap image courtesy & copyright Sara Raine Plymouth Sports GazettePlymouth Albion RFC start with the same XV that beat Blaydon RFC 38-33 last Saturday when they host Cinderford RFC at Brickfields today in National League One (1400ko).

It means full home debuts for Devon-born Billy Searle and Cameron Thompson, who played the full 80 minutes at Blaydon as Albion claimed their first league away win in 19 months.

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BATH RUGBY Team news, Joseph update & new date

Bath Rugby roundelFijian scrum half Niko Matawalu make his first Premiership start for Bath Rugby at Wasps (1400ko).

After edging an intense opening encounter 19-17 at home to Exeter Chiefs, Bath make two changes for tomorrow’s inaugural trip to Coventry's Ricoh Arena: Ollie Devoto comes in at outside centre for his 70th club appearance, and Matawalu makes his first Premiership start.

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TEAM NEWS Nowell wings back in for Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs logoEngland World Cup match-winning try scorers Henry Slade and Jack Nowell return to the Exeter Chiefs starting XV for tomorrow’s Premiership home opener against London Irish (1800ko).

Centre Slade’s start at 13 is one of three changes Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has made to the side that started last Saturday’s 19-17 opening defeat at Wescountry rivals Bath.

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY Five changes to winning starting XV

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester Rugby introduce five new faces to the side that won 39-27 at Newcastle last Friday as they take on defending Aviva Premiership champions Saracens at Kingsholm tonight (1945ko).

The Cherry and Whites are boosted by the return of players from Rugby World Cup duty.

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