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“We’ve got the ability to really take some teams apart this year” – Gloucester’s Joe Simpson on settling in at Kingsholm

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Gloucester scrum half Joe Simpson has joined Johan Ackermann’s side after thirteen years at Wasps, and is embracing the challenge of performing for this new club and adapting to life in Gloucester.

“I’m really enjoying it, I think the change of environment has worked well for me and we’ve got a really positive team who loves playing,” Simpson said.

“We’ve obviously got a fantastic back three and our centres are some of the best ball players and carriers in the league.

“I need to make sure I’m making a positive contribution to the game. I know I’ve got the ability to get on the end of balls and make one of the quickest lines in the league.”

Simpson played as Gloucester suffered a narrow defeat against Harlequins this weekend in the Premiership Rugby Cup, losing 40-31 at The Stoop.

Simpson expressed his frustration’s at their display, feeling they need to be more careful with the ball when in possession.

“We were disjointed at times which was frustrating and we didn’t have a great amount of possession in the first half.

“Although we took some opportunities which was pleasing we’re disappointed because we know we’ve got that x factor, the ability to beat a man one on one.

“We’re dissapointed because we gave away so much ball and a few of their tries came from our turnovers and lapses of concentration.”

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The 31-year-old once-capped England scrum-half, who made his debut in 2008, made over 200 appearances in his time at Wasps.

He feels his new club are capable of really competing within the Premiership this season and is excited about being reunited with fly-half Danny Cipriani, a player Simpson believes has unparalleled abilities.

“It’s great to have that reunion again and in my opinion he is the best player within the league with the ball playing and decision making at the line.

“I don’t think you saw us at our best today but we’ve got plenty more to give and the ability to really take some team apart this year.”

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