Gloucester v La Rochelle (Fri)

Harris (proper) signed for Gloucester from Newcastle in 2019
Date: Friday 2 April Kick-off: 20:00 BST Venue: Kingsholm
Protection: Dwell commentary by way of BBC Radio Gloucestershire, on-line and on BBC Sounds

Centre Chris Harris returns from worldwide obligation in Gloucester’s solely change for the Heineken Champions Cup last-16 tie in opposition to La Rochelle.

Harris was a star performer in Scotland’s win away to France within the remaining match of the Six Nations.

Wings Jonny Could and Louis Rees-Zammit hold their locations after the win over Premiership champions Exeter.

La Rochelle title former All Black Victor Vito at quantity eight with France again row Gregor Alldritt on the bench.

There’s a heavy New Zealand affect in key positions with Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Ihaia West forming the half-back partnership for the guests.

La Rochelle are second within the High 14 after an away win over Bordeaux-Begles final weekend. They received their solely pool match of a Covid-disrupted pool stage, taking a 13-8 victory away to Edinburgh.

They’ve a poor document in opposition to Gloucester nonetheless, with the Cherry and Whites successful seven of the groups’ earlier 9 European conferences.

The format of the event has modified due to the disruption attributable to the pandemic with 16 groups rising from a shortened pool stage into the knockout levels.

The winner of Friday’s match will play Scarlets or Sale within the quarter-finals.

Gloucester head coach George Skivington: “Chris Harris is admittedly hungry and determined to play. He is at all times the primary one again in saying he desires to play so he is accessible for choice.

“La Rochelle have gotten a really huge and environment friendly pack and a particularly thrilling again line. The method that they’ve, they’re very environment friendly in. There is a good cause they’re the place they’re within the French league.”

Gloucester: Carreras; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Could; Barton, Heinz; Rapava-Ruskin, Walker, Balmain, Slater, Alemanno, Reid, Ludlow (capt), Ackermann.

Replacements: Socino, Seville, Ford-Robinson, Craig, Clarke, Clement, Chapman, Twelvetrees .

La Rochelle: Leyds, Retiere, Rhule, Botia, Favre; West, Kerr-Barlow; Priso, Bosch, Joly, Sazy (cap), Skelton, Liebenberg, Gourdon, Vito.

Replacements: Bourgarit, Wardi, Atonio, Lavault, Alldritt, Berjon, Plisson, Doumayrou

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