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Redpath keen to end group on a high

Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath has selected a strong side for Tuesday night's Amlin Challenge Cup clash against Agen - despite his team having little hope of reaching the quarter-finals.

Gloucester, if they are to progress, must beat their French opponents at Kingsholm and hope Pool Five leaders La Rochelle suffer a shock home defeat against Italian minnows Rovigo.

But, given that Rovigo have conceded 277 points in losing all five of their group games this season, it is a remote prospect. Redpath though, will not give up the ghost, with England centre Mike Tindall captaining a team that also includes the likes of James Simpson-Daniel, Rory Lawson and Luke Narraway.

Redpath said: "We've had a short turnaround and a travel day on Sunday, so it's key that we freshen it up.

"We want to finish the group on a high as well.

"We were hugely disappointed to lose away from home, having been 13-3 up in Agen, and the La Rochelle defeat at home is still bitter.

"It would be wrong of us to just use it as an exercise - it's still a purposeful game for us."

French challengers Stade Francais and Brive are already through to the last eight, where they look likely to be joined by La Rochelle, Harlequins and Montpellier, plus three group runners-up from the Heineken Cup.


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