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Owen Williams: “happy to fill in” the centre for Gloucester Rugby.

Owen Williams was forced to play in the centres last week as Gloucester eased past Agen 61-16 in the European Challenge Cup.

The Welsh fly-half, who joined from Leicester at the end of last season, returned from a back injury he picked up in pre-season and injuries to Mark Atkinson and Matt Scott means that the Cherry and Whites are light in their midfield.

However, Williams is open to playing out of position: “Obviously we’ve got a few injuries in the centre so I’m happy to fill in wherever I need to.”

Gloucester are no strangers to playing two fly-halves with Billy Twelvetrees, capable of playing at 10 or 12, often starting into the backline.

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The stand-in Gloucester centre started outside Billy Burns and felt that they “worked well” as a partnership and singled out that their “shape was good in attack” as Gloucester ran in nine tries.

Williams is hoping that his partnership with Burns in the Aviva Premiership works as well as England’s Ford-Farrell combination: “It has worked for the likes of England with two ball players, so we’ll see how it goes.”

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Playing two fly-halves has become a common feature in English rugby of late with George Ford and Owen Farrell both playing 10 for their respective clubs but combining as the 10/12 partnership for England.

This newly-formed partnership could get their first taste of Premiership action together on Sunday with a West Country derby against Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground.

Bath have won their last five games in all competitions and go into this game five points clear of Gloucester in the Premiership table.

The Blue, Black and White completed the double over the Cherry and Whites last season, with Gloucester’s last victory coming at the Rec back in 2015/16 season.

Following Gloucester’s narrow win over Northampton Saints in the last round of the league, a win against Bath will give them back-to-back wins in the premiership, something they haven’t achieved since April 2016.

The West Country derby between Bath and Gloucester is live on BT Sport 1 at 2:30pm.

 

 

 

 

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