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Key man Danny Cipri­ani Best sign­ing Jaco Kriel Ris­ing star Tom Hud­son

Best-case sce­nario Glouces­ter have the squad to gate­crash the play-offs and the tal­ent, es­pe­cially when Jaco Kriel and Franco Mostert are avail­able, to beat any­one in this com­pe­ti­tion. Jo­han Ack­er­mann has had a year to es­tab­lish his ideas. Now he can kick on.

Worst-case sce­nario A cou­ple of front-row in­juries, em­i­nently pos­si­ble with Cham­pi­ons Cup fix­tures back on the agenda, would se­verely test Glouces­ter’s depth. CM

Ins Matt Bana­han (Bath Rugby), Danny Cipri­ani (Wasps), Ruan Dreyer (Lions), Todd Gleave (Lon­don Ir­ish), Ger­brandt Grob­ler (Mun­ster), Tom Hud­son (Academy), Jaco Kriel (Lions), Franco Marais (Lions), Franco Mostert (Lions), Will Safe (Academy)

Outs John Afoa (Bris­tol Bears), Billy Burns (Ul­ster), Tom Den­ton (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), David Halai­fonua (Coven­try), Richard Hib­bard (Drag­ons), Motu Matu’u (Lon­don

Ir­ish), Ross Mo­ri­arty (Drag­ons), Cameron Orr (West­ern Force), Ja­cob Rowan (re­leased), Andy Sy­mons (Northamp­ton Saints), Jeremy Thrush (West­ern Force)

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