Mar 1, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​The Recreation Ground
BathBath Rugby
GloucesterGloucester Rugby
Trinder, May (2')

Preview: Bath vs. Gloucester Rugby

Freddie Burns playing for England against New Zealand in December 2012
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Friday's Aviva Premiership derby between Bath and Gloucester at the Recreation Ground.

Two local rivals meet in the Aviva Premiership on Friday as Gloucester Rugby travel to the Recreation Ground to face Bath.

The home side, who currently sit in seventh place in the table, come into the match on the back of a narrow 25-23 defeat at Northampton Saints last weekend.

Meanwhile, Gloucester moved into the playoff places thanks to a 29-23 triumph over Worcester Warriors one week ago.

The big team news is that fly-half Freddie Burns returns for the visitors after missing the last five matches with a knee injury.

The England international is one of three changes for Gloucester as Mike Tindall and Nick Wood both come into the starting lineup.

Paul James, David Wilson, Francois Louw and Matt Banahan have all been recalled by Bath.

Recent form


Gloucester: WLLWLW


Bath: Abendanon, Agulla, Banahan, Eastmond, Biggs, Heathcote, Stringer, Skirving, Fearns, Louw, Attwood, Day, Wilson, Webber, James
Replacements: Batty, Catt, Perenise, Spencer, Gilbert, Claassens, Vesty, Rokoduguni

Gloucester: Cook, Sharples, Trinder, Tindall, May, Burns, Robson, Kalamafoni, Qera, Savage, James, Lokotui, Harden, Dawidiuk, Wood
Replacements: Edmonds, Murphy, Chistolini, Buxton, Hazell, Lewis, Mills, Thomas

Sports Mole says: Gloucester to snatch the points

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