Heineken Cup preview: Gloucester v Perpignan at Kingsholm

Last Updated: 12/10/13 8:05pm

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Huia Edmonds: Returns to the Gloucester starting line-up after injury

Huia Edmonds: Returns to the Gloucester starting line-up after injury

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Gloucester bring in hooker Huia Edmonds for his first start of the season as they host Perpignan in Saturday's Heineken Cup opener at Kingsholm.

Edmonds made his first appearance of the season as a replacement last weekend against Exeter Chiefs, having recovered from a knee injury.

The Australian international will feature in a pack that has three new faces from last weekend. Also coming into the starting line up are Shaun Knight and Elliott Stooke.

Stooke's selection sees skipper Tom Savage moving to the blindside flank, with Sione Kalamafoni moving across to number eight.

There are also three new faces in the backs. All Black Jimmy Cowan gets the nod at scrum-half, and Jonny May and Rob Cook return to the back three.

Meanwhile, Perpignan have made eight changes to their run-on side after last weekend's Top 14 victory over Biarritz.

Changes

Amongst the backs, Wandile Mjekevu replaces Joffrey Michel on the right wing while Tommaso Benvenuti takes over from Sione Piukala in midfield and Nicolas Durand comes in for Dewaldt Duvenage at scrum-half.

There's changes aplenty amongst the forwards with former Gloucester back-rower Luke Narraway getting the nod at number eight. He comes in for Jean-Pierre Perez, who drops to the bench while Justin Purll, who was at the base of the scrum against Biarritz shifts to blindside flank.

Romain Taofifenua and Dan Leo replace Guillaume Vilaceca and Sebastien Vahaamahina in the second row while Paulica Ion and Sebastien Taofifenua take over as the starting props from Giorge Jgenti and Kisi Pulu.

Saturday's fixture will be the first time that the two teams have met since the 2002/3 season.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Jonny May, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Jimmy Cowan; 1 Yann Thomas, 2 Huia Edmonds, 3 Shaun Knight, 4 Elliott Stooke, 5 James Hudson, 6 Tom Savage (c), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

Replacements: 16 Dan George, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Gareth Evans, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Martyn Thomas.

Perpignan: 15 James Hook, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Sofiane Guitoune, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Nicolas Durand; 1 Sebastien Taofifenua, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 3 Paulica Ion, 4 Dan Leo, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 6 Justin Purll, 7 Alasdair Strokosch, 8 Luke Narraway.

Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Kisi Pulu, 18 George Jgenti, 19 Jean-Pierre Perez, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 David Marty, 22 Joffrey Michel, 23 Luke Charteris.

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