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Faletau returns for Bath Rugby for visit of Harlequins

17 February 2017

Bath Rugby will welcome back Taulupe Faletau to the starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership game against Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 15:00.

Faletau made his comeback as a second-half replacement for Wales on Saturday and returns to the team at number eight. Joining him in the back row is co-captain Francois Louw and David Denton, who will make his first start in the league since September. In an unchanged front five, Nathan Catt, Tom Dunn and Max Lahiff head up the scrum with Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke completing the forward pack.

It will also be a landmark day for Rory Jennings, who will make his Aviva Premiership debut at inside centre with support in the midfield coming in the form of Max Clark. After kicking the crucial match-winning penalty in the 32-30 victory over Northampton Saints last Friday, Rhys Priestland will be looking to have a similar impact on proceedings combining with Kahn Fotuali’i in a potent half-back pairing. 

Semesa Rokoduguni will be keen to add to his impressive tally in a Bath shirt from the wing after scoring his 48th try on his 100th appearance for the Club last week. Jack Wilson makes his second successive Aviva Premiership start on the left wing, with Tom Homer at fullback.

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Matt Banahan, Dan Bowden, Aled Brew, Luke Charteris, George Ford, Robbie Fruean, Matt Garvey, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Tapuai, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson

Bath Rugby team for Harlequins

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Rory Jennings

11. Jack Wilson

10. Rhys Priestland (co-capt)

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Charlie Ewels

6. David Denton

7. Francois Louw (co-capt)

8. Taulupe Faletau 

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Tom Ellis

20. Paul Grant

21. Chris Cook

22. Adam Hastings

23. Harry Davies

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