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Tindall starts for Gloucester

Mike Tindall

Gloucester have Mike Tindall back in their starting line-up as they look to avenge last season's Aviva Premiership defeat at Exeter on Saturday, but much of the focus at Sandy Park is likely to fall on his controversial centre partner Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu.

Tindall appears in the Cherry and Whites' starting XV for the first time this season after enduring a testing time during England's woeful World Cup campaign and is set to line up alongside Fuimaono-Sapolu in midfield.

However, the Samoan enters the game under a cloud after being charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game by the Rugby Football Union for a series of comments he is alleged to have made on Twitter.

He faces an RFU disciplinary panel on Monday, and if found guilty the 31-year-old could potentially see his six-month suspended ban, which he recently received for Twitter comments about referee Nigel Owens during the World Cup, come into immediate effect.

All of which makes for an unsettled backdrop as Bryan Redpath's side look to exact revenge on their West Country rivals. The Cherry and Whites were the first top-flight visitors to the Chiefs on the opening day of last season, and were well-beaten 22-10 as Exeter made a memorable start to their maiden Premiership campaign.

Redpath insists his side did not underestimate their hosts during that reverse, putting the blame on poor execution, and hopes to see Gloucester recover after suffering a first home Premiership defeat in 23 games against champions Saracens last time out.

"We certainly didn't go down there and disrespect them. Our unforced error count was something like 26 in that game and you can't compete at any level in the Premiership when you do that," Redpath told Gloucester's official website.

The only change other than Tindall's inclusion sees wing Tom Voyce replace Jonny May in the three-quarter line, while Exeter boss Rob Baxter is able to hand Argentina World Cup star Gonzalo Camacho his first Premiership start, with Wales prop Craig Mitchell set for a debut from the bench.

Nick Phibbs and Gareth Steenson form a new half-back partnership with Neil Clark and Hoani Tui coming into the front row.

Saturday's remaining Premiership action sees leaders Harlequins look to retain their unbeaten start at Bath, while London Irish travel to face surprise early-season strugglers Leicester at Welford Road. Sunday's fixtures see Saracens play host to Sale and Northampton visit Wasps, who parted company with head coach Shaun Edwards earlier this week.

PA