Bath Rugby vs Worcester LV Cup Preview

Bath Rugby will welcome all their returning Rugby World Cup players into the line-up for tomorrow’s Anglo Welsh LV= Cup game against Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground.

Anthony Perenise, Francois Louw, Matt Banahan, Lee Mears, David Wilson and Lewis Moody all feature in the 23 man squad, who will be looking to build momentum with a second win in the LV= Cup.

After an impressive debut appearance last week in the five point away win over Newport Gwent Dragons, Perenise makes his first start for the Club, replacing Mark Lilley in the front row. He scrums down alongside Ross Batty and Nathan Catt.

South African flanker Louw makes his first appearance in Blue, Black and White, lining up in the back row with captain, Andy Beattie, and Ben Skirving at number 8.

Banahan continues at inside centre, with Dan Hipkiss returning outside him. Olly Woodburn starts again on the wing following his try scoring debut, with Nick Abendanon lining up on the opposite wing. Jack Cuthbert completes the backs line-up at fullback.

Mears, Wilson and Moody are named on the bench, along with Club captain, Stuart Hooper who returns from injury.

Worcester Warriors lock Ben Gulliver will start his first game for the club after being handed a call-up. Gulliver was a summer recruit from Cornish Pirates and is one of two changes as Warriors look to build on the opening win in the competition over London Wasps last weekend.

Hooker Ollie Hayes is also named in the starting line-up for the first start while young stars Will Radburn and Nile Dacres are named among the replacements.

The coaching team of Richard Hill and Phil Davies opt to retain the same back line that scored two tries against Wasps while Sione Tu’ipulotu will aim for his first Warriors appearance from the bench. Chris Pennell will again captain the team from outside centre.

“It will be a tough challenge at The Rec as we know that Bath have a strong group of players and a powerful squad that has been together for a while,” said Davies.

“They have also added a lot of quality players in recent years, like Lewis Moody, Dan Hipkiss and Sam Vesty, so they will be strong and we know whatever side they put out it will be tough.

“The players who performed so well for us against London Wasps deserve another go and so we have kept a settled back line with a few changes in the pack.

“Ollie Hayes is handed a start against his old club after recovering so well from injury and impressing for the Worcester Cavaliers.

“Ben Gulliver made an impact from the bench last weekend at Sixways and so he will also start his first game for the Warriors and we wish him every success.”

Match : Bath Rugby vs Worcester Warriors
Date : Saturday 22nd October 2011
Venue : Recreation Ground
Kick Off : 2.15pm.


Bath :

15. Jack Cuthbert , 14. Olly Woodburn , 13. Dan Hipkiss , 12. Matt Banahan , 11. Nick Abendanon , 10. Tom Heathcote , 9. Chris Cook , 1. Nathan Catt , 2. Ross Batty , 3. Anthony Perenise , 4. Will Spencer , 5. Ryan Caldwell , 6. Andy Beattie (c) , 7. Francois Louw , 8. Ben Skirving

Replacements:16. Lee Mears , 17. Charlie Beech , 18. David Wilson , 19. Stuart Hooper , 20. Lewis Moody , 21. Matt Keyte , 22. Sam Vesty , 23. Tom Biggs

Worcester Warriors:

15 Tom Arscott , 14 Andy Short , 13 Chris Pennell (c) , 12 Alex Crockett , 11 Josh Drauniniu , 10 Joe Carlisle , 9 Ollie Frost,8 Adam Balding ,7 Matt Kvesic , 6 Sam Betty ,5 Ben Gulliver , 4 Chris Jones , 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk ,2 Ollie Hayes , 1 George Porter ,

Replacements , 16 Bruce Douglas , 17 Will Radburn , 18 James Currie , 19 Nile Dacres , 20 Richard Muagututia , 21 Danny Gray , 22 Sione Tu’ipulotu , 23 Mike Penn

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