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Jim Hamilton Defends Gloucester Changes For Clash Against Leinster

Jim Hamilton Defends Gloucester Changes For Clash Against Leinster
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Jim Hamilton has angered rugby fans as he attempted to justify Gloucester's team selection for their trip to face Leinster.

Jim Hamilton was reacting to Gloucester naming a hugely inexperienced side to take on Leinster, with 13 changes to the side that defeated Bordeaux last weekend.

If both sides were at full strength, this would have been one of the games of the round. However with Leinster at full strength against a Gloucester side that clearly have other priorities in the Gallagher Premiership, the result looks inevitable.

This isn't the first time this has happened to Leinster. Montpellier sent a weakened team to the RDS in January, and they were annihilated in a 89-7 defeat to Leinster.

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However, like Gloucester seem to be this weekend, Montpellier played the long game and reached the knockout stages of the tournament. It's possible that a team could make it through to the next round with one victory due to the format of the tournament. 

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Gloucester have Saracens and Leicester coming up in vital games over the festive period, and seemed to have admitted defeat with their line up for tomorrow night's game.

However, Jim Hamilton seems to justify the Gloucester line up in a tweet earlier today. The former Scotland player claimed, "Until the Champions Cup is a fair playing field you can't expect Prem teams to field their strongest team against a team like Leinster who are fully loaded and rested"

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His tweet certainly didn't sit well with fans on twitter. The type of money spent in the Gallagher Premiership wouldn't be seen in the URC. While it can be argued it's a more physical, competitive league, Gloucester had the same turn around time as Leinster.

Brian O'Driscoll was among a number of people who made their feelings clear to Jim Hamilton after the Gloucester team was named.

For those travelling to Dublin in the freezing cold weather just before Christmas, it will be bitterly disappointing not to see their favourites players.

However, until a new format is agreed, this trend could continue against Irish teams.

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