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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 40 v 16 London Irish

16 February 2013, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

London Irish

15 February 2013, 11:58am

6 Nations battlers back for Bath Rugby

Paul James and David Wilson will both return to the Bath Rugby front row  tomorrow to face London Irish in the Aviva Premiership at the Recreation Groud, kick-off 14.15.

James and Wilson, who have been released from Wales and England respectively due to a fallow week in the RBS 6 Nations championship, join Rob Webber at the front of the scrum.

Dominic Day and Dave Attwood continue their powerful partnership in the second row, with Francois Louw leading the charge from the blindside flank. Carl Fearns and Ben Skirving complete the scrum on the openside and at number 8.

Experienced international half-backs Peter Stringer and Stephen Donald continue their instrumental pairing, with Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla once more named in the wings. Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan start inside them, with Nick Abendanon picked at fullback.

Players currently unavailable for selection due to injury include Ryan Caldwell, Stuart Hooper, Danny Hipkiss, Mark McMillan, Simon Taylor, and Josh Ovens.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw ( c )
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Semesa Rokoduguni

Overview

16 February 2013
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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London Irish

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
4 FB Nick Abendanon15Tom Homer FB 1 7 17
8 W Horacio Agulla14Topsy Ojo W 6
2 C Matthew Banahan13Guy Armitage C 1
4 C Kyle Eastmond12Shane Geraghty C 2
4 W Tom Biggs11Marland Yarde W 5
19 8 4 FH Stephen Donald10Ian Humphreys FH 1 19 1 27
3 SH Peter Stringer9Patrick Phibbs SH
1 P Paul James1Max Lahiff P
1 H Robert Webber2Scott Lawson H
1 P Dave Wilson3Halani Aulika P 7
1 L Dominic Day4George Skivington L 3
1 L Dave Attwood5Bryn Evans L 1
2 FL Francois Louw6Matthew Garvey FL 2
FL Carl Fearns7Jebb Sinclair FL
1 8 Ben Skirving8Ofisa Treviranus 8 2

Replacements

1 rh Ross Batty16Mike Mayhew rh
1 rp Nathan Catt17Jerry Yanuyanutawa rp
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Leo Halavatau rp 1
1 r8 Will Spencer19Jamie Gibson r8 2
rfl Mathew Gilbert20Kieran Low rfl
1 rsh Chris Cook21Jonathon Fisher rsh
17 21 rfh Tom Heathcote22Steve Shingler rfh 15 22
3 rc Semesa Rokoduguni23Jack Moates rc 4

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
22/09/12 London Irish 29 - 22 Bath Rugby
01/01/12 Bath Rugby 30 - 3 London Irish
29/10/11 London Irish 12 - 13 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
09/02/13 Bath Rugby 32 - 9 Worcester Warriors
02/02/13 Gloucester Rugby 5 - 32 Bath Rugby
26/01/13 Bath Rugby 16 - 6 Exeter Chiefs

London Irish form guide

Date Home Score Away
09/02/13 London Irish 29 - 16 Saracens
01/02/13 Cardiff Blues 10 - 6 London Irish
27/01/13 London Irish 46 - 24 Worcester Warriors

Bath dangermen

Tries Jonathan Joseph 6
Points George Ford 84
Conversions George Ford 18
Minutes Leroy Houston 630

London Irish dangermen

Tries Blair Cowan 3
Points Shane Geraghty 75
Conversions Shane Geraghty 9
Minutes George Skivington 560