James Simpson-Daniel returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up after a 10 week absence for round 21 of the Aviva Premiership at Saracens on Sunday. Also back is Scotland international second row Jim Hamilton.
It’s been well documented that Gloucester are facing their third fixture in eight days and, predictably and necessarily, Head Coach Bryan Redpath makes changes after the hard fought midweek win over Northampton.
Tom Voyce gets a rare outing at full back with Simpson-Daniel returning on the wing. Henry Trinder is back in the centre while Freddie Burns and Dave Lewis team up at half back.
The front row of Dickinson, Lawson and Harden that acquitted themselves so well at Leicester Tigers last weekend are back and it’s a new look second row in Will James and Hamilton.
Only Alasdair Strokosch retains his place in the back row from Tuesday evening with Andy Hazell and Brett Deacon coming in with the former Tiger skippering the side.
With Gloucester just five points behind Saracens with two rounds left to play, there is still a possibility that the Men in Black could be overhauled to give the Cherry and Whites a chance of clinching a home playoff semi final.
Gloucester will, of course, be concerned with clinching a playoff spot first and foremost but a win at Vicarage Road would open up all sorts of possibilities.
Tom Voyce; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Dave Lewis; Alasdair Dickinson, Scott Lawson, Rupert Harden; Will James, Jim Hamilton; Alasdair Strokosch, Andy Hazell, Brett Deacon (capt)
Olivier Azam, Nick Wood, Paul Doran-Jones, Alex Brown, Luke Narraway, Rory Lawson, Ryan Mills, Tim Molenaar