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Bath host London Irish at the Recreation Ground on Saturday

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Article Published: Friday 27 September 2013


Dave Attwood has been named as captain of the Bath team that will play London Irish at the Recreation Ground in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.

Attwood returns to the starting line-up and partners Dominic Day in the second row.

Elsewhere in the pack, Paul James comes back to scrum down with Rob Webber and David Wilson, completing an all international front row. Matt Garvey is named on the blindside flank with Guy Mercer and Leroy Houston at openside and number eight respectively.

Peter Stringer and George Ford renew their half-back partnership, with Matt Banahan resuming his role on the wing opposite Semesa Rokoduguni, giving pace and power out wide.

Kyle Eastmond returns to the side and partners Jonathan Joseph in an exciting midfield pairing, with the electric Anthony Watson continuing at fullback.

Bath Rugby lost their perfect start to the season, going down 17-31 at Saracens on Sunday.

Bath’s only defeat at The Rec in any competition in 2013 was to Stade Français in the quarter finals of last season’s European Challenge Cup.

London Irish’s only victory in their last four fixtures was 20-18 at Worcester in round 2.

The Exiles have not won successive away games in Aviva Premiership Rugby since beating Newcastle and Exeter on their own turf in October 2010.

Bath have lost only one of their last seven clashes with the Exiles: 22-29 at Madesjki Stadium last September, whilst Irish have not been victorious at The Rec since November 2009.

London Irish have made three personnel and one positional change for this week with Leo Halavatau coming in to the front row to replace Halani Aulika who ruptured his Achilles tendon last weekend.

Halavatau will start alongside David Paice and Matt Parr.

Kieran Low has recovered from injury to take his place in the back row where he will partner Declan Danaher and Ofisa Treviranus. Alex Lewington moves to the wing and Topsy Ojo starts at full back.

Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: "We have made a couple of changes for this week. We know it will be a physical test over there and will need to meet that head on. It is a challenge the squad are really looking forward to.”

Match : Bath Rugby v London Irish
Date : Saturday 28th September
Venue : Recreation Ground
Kick Off : 3pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Referee
: Luke Pearce (16th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Peter Huckle
TMO: Keith Lewis.

Teams

Bath

15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Kyle Eastmond, 11. Matt Banahan, 10. George Ford, 9. Peter Stringer, 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Guy Mercer, 6. Matt Garvey, 5. Dave Attwood ( c ), 4. Dominic Day, 3. David Wilson, 2. Rob Webber,1. Paul James

Replacements :16. Ross Batty, 17. Anthony Perenise, 18. Kane Palma-Newport, 19. Stuart Hooper, 20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva, 21. Martin Roberts, 22. Ollie Devoto, 23. Tom Biggs

London Irish

15. Topsy Ojo; 14. Marland Yarde; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Alex Lewington; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tomás O'Leary (Captain); 1. Matt Parr; 2. David Paice; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Nic Rouse; 5. Jebb Sinclair; 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Kieran Low; 8. Ofisa Treviranus

Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17 John Yapp; 18. Jamie Hagan; 19.Ian Gough; 20. Bryn Evans; 21. Blair Cowan; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Darren Allinson

 
 
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