Wing Charlie Sharples and prop Paul Doran-Jones return to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up for the visit of Exeter Chiefs to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

Head Coach Bryan Redpath has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his side following the defeat at Leeds Carnegie last weekend.

Sharples comes in for Lesley Vainikolo who has missed training this week due to illness in the family while Doran-Jones returns after missing out at Headingley last weekend.

Those changes aside, the challenge is for those who were on duty at Leeds to bounce back in style this weekend against the Chiefs.

Exeter, of course, defeated Gloucester at Sandy Park on the opening day of the season but Redpath denies that the result that day is providing any additional motivation ahead of Saturday.

“We beat ourselves down at Exeter. Credit to them for how they played and they’ve proved over the past three or four months that they are a very efficient team.”

“They’re very honest and hard working and that’s been reflected in their results. They’re a very good outfit who work very hard for each other.”

Focussing on his own team’s form, he freely acknowledged that he’s looking for improvement from last weekend.

“I was very disappointed with us at Leeds last weekend. We didn’t play as we had trained all week. We didn’t have consistency in our basics. The effort was there but the execution wasn’t.”

“We need to address some of that. But, first and foremost, we need to be far more clinical and decisive and far more abrasive in what we do.”

Gloucester Rugby:

Olly Morgan; Charlie Sharples; Mike Tindall (capt), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Paul Doran-Jones; Will James, Alex Brown; Peter Buxton, Andrew Hazell, Luke Narraway


Olivier Azam, Pierre Capdevielle, Rupert Harden, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Tim Taylor, Henry Trinder