Franco Mostert set for first Gloucester start in Champions Cup fixture against Exeter Chiefs

Johan Ackermann has named Gloucester's squad for clash against Exeter
Johan Ackermann has named Gloucester's squad for clash against Exeter
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South Africa international Franco Mostert is set to make his first start for Gloucester Rugby when the side locks horns with Premiership rivals Exeter Chiefs in their European Rugby Challenge Cup encounter at Kingsholm.

Mostert arrived at Kingsholm this year after featuring for Super Rugby side Lions between 2014 and 2018 and he will line-up against a desperate Exeter Chiefs side, who will look to bounce back from their 19-27 defeat in the previous round at Sandy Park.

Jason Woodward, Charlie Sharples and Billy Twelvetrees return to backs while in the forwards Mostert makes his first full debut with Ed Slater coming into the second row and Gareth Evans at openside flanker.

"It will obviously be good for our campaign to back up last week with a win and give ourselves a possibility of progressing in the competition," said head coach Johan Ackermann.

"But, having analysed the game, we know that it’s not going to be easy, there is still much for us to improve on and a lot of hard work we need to do. We also know that we’ll be up against a side who are very motivated to bounce back.

"We will have played each other three times in four weeks, and you have to tweak a few things but it’s a short turnaround.

"It’s going to be a big challenge for us as a group because Exeter are a proud side, they won’t take last week’s result lightly and they will come highly motivated."

Gloucester Rugby:

Jason Woodward; Charlie Sharples, Billy Twelvetrees, Owen Williams, Ollie Thorley; Danny Cipriani, Willi Heinz (capt); Josh Hohneck, Jacon Visagie, Fraser Balmain; Ed Slater, Franco Mostert; Freddie Clarke, Gareth Evans, Ben Morgan

Replacements:

Henry Walker, Alex Seville, Ciaran Knight, Gerbrandt Grobler, Alex Craig, Callum Braley, Matt Banahan, Tom Hudson

Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Ackermann, Mark Atkinson, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Lloyd Evans, Todd Gleave, James Hanson, Jaco Kriel, Lewis Ludlow, Franco Marais, Tom Marshall, Jake Polledri, Val Rapava Ruskin, Will Safe, Henry Trinder, Ben Vellacott

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