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Team News ahead of Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers

02 January 2005

2 January 2004
Gloucester Team News
Phil Vickery returns to the Gloucester starting line-up for Sunday's 13,000 sell-out clash against Leicester Tigers in the Zurich Premiership at Kingsholm (Sun 2 Jan, Kingsholm, kick off 5pm).

The 28-year-old has missed the last six weeks after surgery on a blow-out fracture around his eye area.

Vickery's selection means Terry Sigley starts from the bench after an impressive 80 minutes against Wasps on Monday after two months out with a back problem.

The competition in Gloucester's back-row continues and captain Jake Boer lines-up alongside Andy Hazell and Adam Balding, with James Forrester starting from the bench.

England Sevens captain Simon Amor could return at stand-off, and faces a fitness test in the final team run through on Saturday morning. England U21 international Brad Davies misses out after injuring his ankle in the defeat at Wasps on Monday, and Duncan McRae is still recovering from a knee operation.

Absent through injury are Duncan McRae (knee - expected return mid-January), Chris Fortey (ankle - long term), Olivier Azam (shoulder - February/March), James Simpson-Daniel (shoulder - end of January), Oliver Morgan (wrist - mid-January), Rory Teague (thumb - end of January), Brad Davies (ankle - week by week) and James Merriman (knee - February).

15. Jon Goodridge
14. Marcel Garvey
13. Terry Fanolua
12. Henry Paul
11. Seti Kiole
10. Simon Amor
9. Andy Gomarsall
1. Christo Bezuidenhout
2. Mefin Davies
3. Phil Vickery
4. Adam Eustace
5. Alex Brown
6. Jake Boer (c)
7. Andy Hazell
8. Adam Balding

16. Noel Curnier, 17. Terry Sigley, 18. Peter Buxton, 19. James Forrester, 20. Alex Page, 21. Nathan Mauger, 22. James Bailey

Leicester Tigers Team News

England scrum-half Harry Ellis returns to Leicester Tigers' starting line-up for their post-New Year's Zurich Premiership clash against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Sunday, January 2, 2005. Ellis replaces Scott Bemand in the No.9 shirt in one of seven changes - one of which is positional - to the Tigers side that defeated Worcester Warriors by 50-7 earlier this week.

Centre Ollie Smith moves to the wing to cover for the injured Seru Rabeni, whilst Tom Varndell, who missed the Worcester match because of illness, returns to fill the No.14 shirt. Leon Lloyd, who was rested against the Warriors, replaces Smith in the outside centre position.

The rest of the changes to Tigers' line-up are up front, with Wales prop Darren Morris replacing injured England star Graham Rowntree (back) at loosehead and England World Cup winners Ben Kay and Lewis Moody return to the starting XV.

"There's no doubt about, I'm very lucky to have three of the best scrummaging props in the United Kingdom," said Leicester Tigers head coach John Wells. "I'm very fortunate that even though I've lost Graham Rowntree, I can still bring in Darren Morris, who did a great job against a good prop, it has to be said, on Monday."

Kay, who has rotated with fellow second row Louis Deacon all season long, came off the bench against Worcester, whilst Moody has recovered from the hand injury that kept him out on Monday. Moody replaces Will Johnson in the No.6 shirt, with the latter dropping to the bench alongside Louis Deacon. Louis' brother, Brett, misses out because of a hamstring strain suffered against the Warriors.

The last time these two sides met, Gloucester earned a 20-13 win over Tigers, at Welford Road, in a Round Six Powergen Cup clash, and looking ahead to Sunday's meeting, star openside flanker Neil Back said: "They obviously won in the Powergen Cup and were disappointed in their own performance, like we were. We put out a team we believed was good enough to win, but this time around there are a few changes and we're looking at this as our next game. Whatever's gone before, has gone before, revenge isn't in our mindset."

Leicester Tigers team to face Gloucester:

15 Geordan Murphy
14 Tom Varndell
13 Leon Lloyd
12 Daryl Gibson
11 Ollie Smith
10 Andy Goode
9 Harry Ellis
1 Darren Morris
2 George Chuter
3 Julian White
4 Martin Johnson (captain)
5 Ben Kay
6 Lewis Moody
7 Neil Back
8 Martin Corry


16 James Buckland
17 Michael Holford
18 Louis Deacon
19 Will Johnson
20 Scott Bemand
21 Matt Cornwell
22 Sam Vesty

Unavailable for selection because of injury: John Holtby, Will Skinner, Brett Deacon, Alesana Tuilagi, Seru Rabeni, Henry Tuilagi, Graham Rowntree, Luke Abraham.

Sunday's match against Gloucester kicks off at 5pm.


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