GLOUCESTER RUGBY Polledri makes Cherries' Pau bow

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester Rugby have selected a much-changed XV for tonight’s European Rugby Challenge Cup opener at Pau.
Only half a dozen players – Tom Savage, Jacob Rowan, Owen Williams, David Halaifonua, Billy Twelvetrees and Henry Purdy - remain starters from Saturday’s 29-24 victory over Northampton.

Bristol born 21-year-old former St Mary's Old Boys, Filton College, Dings Crusaders, Bristol and promotion-winning Hartpury College flanker Jake Polledri makes his first senior Cherry & Whites start, Tom Hudson makes his first European appearance for the club and Savage skippers the XV.

There is an experienced spine to the side and a strong group of replacements which sees Australian international hooker James Hanson named in the first team squad for the first time.
Starting 15 Tom Hudson; 14 Henry Purdy 13 Billy Twelvetrees 12 Mark Atkinson 11 David Halaifonua; 10 Owen Williams 9 Callum Braley; 1 Paddy McAllister 2 Motu Matu'u 3 Josh Hohneck; 4 Tom Savage (capt) 5 Tom Denton; 6 Jake Polledri 7 Jacob Rowan 8 Freddie Clarke
Ready on the bench 16 James Hanson 17 Val Rapava Ruskin 18 Gareth Denman 19 Ruan Ackermann 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Ben Vellacott 22 Billy Burns 23 Henry Trinder

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