3 years ago
16 September 2011, 11:58am
Duncan Bell will make his 200th appearance for Bath Rugby tomorrow when he runs out onto the Rec to face Exeter Chiefs, kick-off 5.30pm.
Bell will start at tighthead, scrumming down in the front row with David Flatman and Pieter Dixon.
Captain Stuart Hooper returns in the second row to partner Ryan Caldwell, with Dave Attwood named on the bench.
In the back row, with Simon Taylor side-lined through injury, Ben Skirving takes his place at Number 8, Carl Fearns moves to the blindside, and Guy Mercer starts on the openside.
The only other change to the starting XV who so narrowly lost to Saracens last weekend is at scrum-half, where Mark McMillan takes the starting jersey, with Michael Claassens named as a replacement.
Speaking about his 200th cap, Bell said: "It's great. I am very proud of that record. To play that many times for the club I supported as a boy is something I could only have dreamed would happen.
"I love every time I run out at the Rec. It really is a fantastic venue and my only regret so far is that we haven't won as much silverware as we should have in my time here."
Tickets are still available for tomorrow's South West derby clash, so call the ticket office now on 0844 448 1865 to book yours and join us for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of rugby as we take on the current table-toppers!
Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs
15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Mark McMillan
1. David Flatman
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Duncan Bell
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Ben Skirving
16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Andy Beattie
21. Michael Claassens
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Jack Cuthbert
17 September 2011
Ground open: 15.30
The Recreation Ground »
|1||FB||Nick Abendanon||15||Phil Dollman||FB||1|
|1||W||Matthew Carraro||14||Nicholas Sestaret||W|
|C||Dan Hipkiss||13||Bryan Rennie||C|
|C||Ben Williams||12||Jason Shoemark||C||1|
|W||Tom Biggs||11||Matt Jess||W||1|
|8||1||2||FH||Sam Vesty||10||Ignacio Mieres||FH||6||5|
|SH||Mark McMillan||9||Haydn Thomas||SH|
|P||David Flatman||1||Brett Sturgess||P|
|H||Pieter Dixon||2||Chris Whitehead||H|
|P||Duncan Bell||3||Hoani Tui||P|
|L||Stuart Hooper||4||Tom Hayes||L|
|L||Ryan Caldwell||5||Peter Short||L|
|1||FL||Carl Fearns||6||Tom Johnson||FL|
|FL||Guy Mercer||7||James Scaysbrook||FL|
|8||Ben Skirving||8||James Phillips||8|
|09/04/11||Bath Rugby||26 - 18||Exeter Chiefs|
|26/02/11||Exeter Chiefs||9 - 12||Bath Rugby|
|10/09/11||Bath Rugby||26 - 28||Saracens|
|03/09/11||Newcastle Falcons||9 - 22||Bath Rugby|
|07/05/11||Bath Rugby||42 - 12||Newcastle Falcons|
|10/09/11||Exeter Chiefs||32 - 15||Newcastle Falcons|
|03/09/11||Leicester Tigers||28 - 30||Exeter Chiefs|
|07/05/11||Exeter Chiefs||21 - 8||London Wasps|