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Bath will host London Welsh at The Recreation Ground

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Article Published: Friday 29 March 2013


London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has made three changes to his team to face Bath at The Recreation Ground in the Aviva Premiership.

One of those changes comes in the backs with Alex Davies coming into the side at scrum half in place of Tyson Keats. Rob Lewis is named on the bench as scrum half cover.

In the forwards, there’s a double change in the front row with Franck Montanella and Paulica Ion named at loosehead and tighthead respectively. Tom Bristow and James Tideswell move to the bench.

Welsh go into the game with three ex-Bath players in their match-day 23 - Jonathan Mills, Daniel Browne and Nick Scott. Indeed when the sides met at the Kassam Stadium earlier in the season, Welsh snatched victory right at the death thanks to Scott's interception try.

Bath’s only win in their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures was 31-25 at home to Gloucester in round 17.

Bath have lost just once at The Rec in any competition since September: 0-22 to Saracens in the Premiership on 22 December.

London Welsh have not managed a victory in the Premiership since 1 December when London Irish visited the Kassam Stadium.

The Exiles have tallied just two away wins this season, one in the Premiership at Sale and one in the European Challenge Cup, at Prato.

London Welsh won 16-9 when the two clubs met at Oxford in November, whilst their only previous meeting at The Rec in competitive rugby came in the 4th round of the John Player Special Cup in February 1987, with the home side victorious 30-4.

Bath have made five changes to the team that narrowly lost out to Sale Sharks last weekend.

Bath Academy and England U20's 6 Nations winner Ollie Devoto comes into the fullback role for his second start in the Premiership, with Argentinian international Horacio Agulla and Fijian Army star Semesa Rokoduguni outside him on either wing.

Matt Banahan and Kyle Eastmond continue their centre partnership, whilst in the half-backs All Black Stephen Donald returns to the fly-half shirt, combining with Peter Stringer to orchestrate proceedings forming a partnership of considerable experience.

The front row is unchanged from the trip to Salford, with Paul James and David Wilson scrumming down either side of Rob Webber in an allinternational front-row. Dominic Day comes into the second row alongside Club captain Stuart Hooper, in place of the injured Dave Attwood.

Mat Gilbert, who it was announced had extended his contract with the Club this week, joins Francois Louw packing down on the flanks, with Carl Fearns shifting to the Number 8 shirt at the base of the scrum.

If called upon from the bench, Ben Skirving will come onto pitch for his 100th appearance in the Blue, Black and White.

Match : Bath Rugby v London Welsh
Date : Saturday 30th March
Venue : Recreation Ground,
Kick Off : 2.15pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Referee
: Tim Wigglesworth (63rd Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Peter Huckle.

Teams

Bath

15. Ollie Devoto,14. Horacio Agulla,13. Matt Banahan,12. Kyle Eastmond,11. Semesa Rokoduguni,10. Stephen Donald,9. Peter Stringer,1. Paul James,2. Rob Webber,3. David Wilson,4. Stuart Hooper (c),5. Dominic Day,6. Francois Louw,7. Mat Gilbert,8. Carl Fearns

Replacements:16. Ross Batty,17. Nathan Catt,18. Anthony Perenise,19. Ben Skirving,20. Will Skuse,21. Michael Claassens,22. Tom Heathcote,23. Nick Abendanon

London Welsh

15. Seb Jewell, 14. Phil MacKenzie, 13. Gonzalo Tiesi, 12. Sonny Parker, 11. Seb Stegmann, 10. Gordon Ross, 9. Alex Davies, 1. Franck Montanella, 2. Dan George, 3. Paulica Ion, 4. Jonathan Mills (C), 5. Kirill Kulemin, 6. Julio Cabello Farias, 7. Michael Hills, 8. Daniel Browne.

Replacements: 16. Greg Bateman, 17. Tom Bristow, 18. James Tideswell, 19. Matt Corker, 20. Adam Balding, 21. Rob Lewis, 22. James Lewis, 23. Nick Scott

 
 
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