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Gallagher Premiership Preview: Wasps vs Gloucester as Louis Rees-Zammit returns, Danny Cipriani on bench

Gloucester travel to Coventry this afternoon to look for their second win on the road, after a series of losses across the Gallagher Premiership, whilst Wasps, are fresh from consecutive wins under the new management of Lee Blacklett.

Gloucester have only won away in the Premiership to Sale in the first round and haven’t won a premiership fixture since January.

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Teenager Louis Rees-Zammit re-joins the starting line-up on the wing whilst Danny Cipriani is set to make an appearance from the bench with Lloyd Evans taking his place at fly-half.

England’s Ollie Thorley won’t feature in their Six Nations fixture against Wales but starts on the wing with Italian internationals Callum Braley and Jake Polledri also in the starting line-up after Italy’s game against Ireland has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

Gloucester veteran Ed Slater was in doubt for the fixture after picking up an injury in training earlier in the week and will feature off the bench this afternoon.

Flanker Aaron Hinkley who announced on Monday he is leaving Gloucester at the end of the season to join Exeter also features in the replacements.

Gloucester Head Coach, Johan Ackermann spoke to the press earlier this week and understands the importance of ensuring that his side don’t concede any penalties where possible against Wasps.

He said: “I cannot fault the players for lack of trying or effort there is a combination of errors and then you know, you lose the game by six and then it isn’t like you have been really out played. We must not digest this too deeply; we are not performing as well as we can but hopefully we will fix those things.”

It was great listening to what Johan Ackermann has to say yesterday about their upcoming game against Wasps. Read the Q&A below. #glawsfamily https://t.co/s42Gig7Daw— Katy Homewood (@_katyhomewood) March 4, 2020

Gloucester currently sit ninth in the league with Wasps now sitting in the top six after their wins over Saracens and London Irish respectively.

The Cherry and Whites need to showcase their best performance of the season if they are to produce an away win to help them kick start their late Premiership campaign.

Our reporters Katy Homewood and Amy Flynn will be at the game bringing you live updates throughout the afternoon.

Follow the days live sport here on the Park Life Sport live blog.

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