Gloucester will be naming their team today for their final away game of 2017 against Wasps.
Head coach Johan Ackermann is likely to make a lot of changes from the crushing win over Zebre last weekend after rotating his squad for the European Challenge Cup double header against the Pro14 outfit.
The likes of John Afoa, James Hanson, Lewis Ludlow and Ruan Ackermann are set to return after being rested, while Henry Trinder, Tom Marshall and Tom Hudson are available again after injuries.
Wasps will be without England internationals Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes and Jimmy Gopperth, who scored a hat-trick in last year’s fixture, after they all picked up long-term injuries in their Champions Cup win over La Rochelle on Sunday but centre Guy Thompson and wing Josh Bassett have returned.
We will be running a live blog today in build-up to the game, bringing you the team news as it happens and other Gloucester Rugby related news and views.
Team news will be on the way very shortly so don’t go anywhere
Will Gloucester have the edge against Wasps?
Former Cherry and Whites captain Keith Richardson thinks they might. He wrote in his column this week:
“The next Premiership opposition is Wasps and they played out of their skins to defeat La Rochelle last week.
In the process, though, they had to dig very deep and the side picked up quite a few injuries.
Gloucester played well to get onto a points-fest, but the physical demands were nothing like what Wasps had to go through in their matches against the French.
Hopefully the circumstances might just give the Cherry and Whites an edge at the Ricoh Arena, which is close enough for the familiar Glaws supporters to get to and offer their totally unbiased chanting and opinions on how the referee and his two assistants should officiate.”
Read his column in full here
How much will Gloucester miss Richard Hibbard and John Afoa?
It’s been a busy week for Gloucester. Hibbard’s departure to the Dragons was revealed, while Afoa also looks set to move and is currently in talks with Bristol. Myself and Ellis Lane discussed this in our podcast this week. You can have a listen here:
Can Gloucester stay second going into Christmas?
The Cherry and Whites head into the game at the Ricoh Arena in their loftiest position for a long time in the Premiership. However, Wasps are just three points behind and could leapfrog them with a win.
Exeter are eight points clear at the top so there is no chance of being Christmas number one.
Welcome to today’s blog
The teams for Saturday’s game will be announced at around midday and we’ll also have more build-up to get you in the mood for what should be a Christmas cracker
This content was originally published here.