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Adam Hastings to make injury return in Challenge Cup quarter-final

By Josh Raisey
Gloucester's Adam Hastings during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby at The Recreation Ground on January 7, 2024 in Bath, England. (Photo by Bob Bradford - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Gloucester fly-half Adam Hastings is set to make his return from injury on Friday against the Ospreys in the Challenge Cup quarter-final at Kingsholm.

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The 27-year-old is poised to come straight back into the starting XV in his first match since injuring his knee in January, with George Skivington handing him the No10 jersey.

The match will come just two days after Hastings’ departure at the end of the season was announced. The 27-cap Scotland international will end his three-year stint in the Gallagher Premiership by rejoining Glasgow Warriors.

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Though Gloucester sit in ninth place in the league with four rounds to go, virtually ruling them out of the play-offs, they have a chance to add to this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup with a European trophy as well.

A win would mean Hastings can extend his Gloucester career by another game, with five games remaining as it stands in cherry and white.

Fixture
Challenge Cup
Gloucester
23 - 13
Full-time
Ospreys
All Stats and Data

Gloucester XV
15. Santi Carreras
14. Jonny May*
13. Max Llewellyn
12. Seb Atkinson*
11. Jake Morris*
10. Adam Hastings
9. Stephen Varney*
1. Jamal Ford-Robison
2. Seb Blake*
3. Kirill Gotovtsev
4. Freddie Clarke*
5. Freddie Thomas*
6. Ruan Ackermann (C)
7. Lewis Ludlow*
8. Zach Mercer

Replacements
16. Santi Socino
17. Mayco Vivas
18. Fraser Balmain
19. Albert Tuisue
20. Jack Clement*
21. Caolan Engelfield
22. Charlie Atkinson
23. Chris Harris

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Ospreys XV
15. Jack Walsh
14. Luke Morgan
13. Keiran Williams
12. Owen Watkin
11. Keelan Giles
10. Owen Williams
9. Reuben Morgan-Williams
1. Gareth Thomas
2. Sam Parry
3. Tom Botha
4. James Ratti
5. Adam Beard
6. Harri Deaves
7. Justin Tipuric (C)
8. Morgan Morris

Replacements
16. Lewis Lloyd
17. Nicky Smith
18. Rhys Henry
19. Huw Sutton
20. Morgan Morse
21. Luke Davies
22. Dan Edwards
23. Max Nagy

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