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Davies to make first team bow against Gloucester Rugby

26 January 2017

Fullback Harry Davies will make his competitive first team debut for Bath Rugby tomorrow evening against derby rivals Gloucester Rugby in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 19:45.

Davies arrived at the Club at the start of the season from Cardiff Blues and will be joined in the back three by Jeff Williams and Aled Brew, who take their places on the wing.

Seven-times capped Australia international Ben Tapuai, who was among the 10 try scorers in the 69-10 triumph against Pau last Saturday, will form a midfield partnership with Jack Wilson.

Like Tapuai, Priestland produced a moment of brilliance during his time on the field to cross the whitewash and the fly-half will be looking to stamp his authority on the West Country derby alongside Chris Cook, who comes in at scrum-half.

In a youthful front row with the average age of just over 22, Beno Obano and Shaun Knight will line-up either side of 20-year-old hooker Jack Walker as the Club attempt to make it two wins in a row against the Cherry and Whites. 

Levi Douglas and Tom Ellis make up the second row combination, with David Sisi and the experienced duo of captain Guy Mercer and Paul Grant completing the forward pack.

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Matt Banahan, Dan Bowden, Nathan Catt, Luke Charteris, David Denton, Charlie Ewels, Taulupe Faletau, George Ford, Matt Garvey, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “I was really pleased with the way the team played last weekend and it was the just reward for all the hard work they’ve been putting in to perfect certain elements of our game.

“Tomorrow’s game will give an opportunity to a number of players to show what they can do in the first team and there is no greater incentive than a home derby against Gloucester.

“The Anglo-Welsh ties against Gloucester and Newcastle will act as a platform for our next Aviva Premiership fixture and it is really important to strengthen the foundations that have been put in place ready for Northampton next month.”

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Harry Davies

14. Jeff Williams

13. Jack Wilson

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Chris Cook

1. Beno Obano

2. Jack Walker

3. Shaun Knight

4. Levi Douglas

5. Tom Ellis

6. David Sisi

7. Guy Mercer (capt)

8. Paul Grant

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Nick Auterac

18. Max Lahiff

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Josh Bayliss

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Max Clark

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