GLOUCESTER RUGBY Cipriani returns to face leaders

Gloucester RugbyGloucester Rugby return to Gallagher Premiership action tonight when they tackle table-topping Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (1945ko).

The Cherry and Whites are able to call upon their recent Six Nations representatives, with the exception of Willi Heinz and Ollie Thorley, although Owen Williams is ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up while away with Wales.

There are four changes to the starting line-up from the one that lost 34-16 at Bristol Bears three weeks ago.

Franco Mostert will skipper a side which sees Danny Cipriani and Ed Slater return to the matchday squad.

Matt Banahan comes in at full-back for Jason Woodward injured at Ashton Gate. Billy Twelvetrees takes over from Mark Atkinson at inside centre and Cipriani returns at fly-half.

Gerbrandt Grobler replaces Alex Craig in the second row. Fit-again lock Slater is named amongst the replacements, featuring for the first time since early November having recovered from a foot injury.

Gloucester Rugby starting 15. Matt Banahan; 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13, Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Tom Marshall; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Joe Simpson; 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Franco Mostert (capt); 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan

Ready on the bench 16. Todd Gleave, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Ed Slater, 20. Freddie Clarke, 21. Jake Polledri, 22. Callum Braley, 23. Mark Atkinson

Unavailable Ruan Dreyer, Jamal Ford-Robinson, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Charlie Sharples, Ollie Thorley, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward

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