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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 20 v 36 Stade Francais

6 April 2013, KO 13:00

Recreation Ground
Amlin Cup


5 April 2013, 11:58am

Abendanon, Biggs, Skirving and Taylor back for Quarter-Final clash

Nick Abendanon, Tom Biggs, Ben Skirving and Simon Taylor all return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for tomorrow's Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter-Final at the Recreation Ground, kick-off13.00.

The quick and exciting duo of Abendanon and Biggs come in on the right and left wings respectively, with Argentinian international Horacio Agulla shifting inside to the outside centre role vacated by the injured Matt Banahan. Kyle Eastmond partners Agulla in the midfield, with Ollie Devoto once again picked at fullback. The internationally experienced pairing of Stephen Donald and Peter Stringer are once again selected to run the show in the half-backs.

Former Stade Francais player and 66 times capped Simon Taylor will make his first appearance since December following a knee injury. He starts on the blindside flank, with another international, Ben Skirving, who made his 100th appearance for the Club last week, deployed at number 8. Springbok Francois Louw completes the back-row on the openside.

The rest of the pack is unchanged, with Club captain Stuart Hooper partnering Dominic Day in the second row, and the test front-row of Paul James, Rob Webber and David Wilson adding the grunt and power at the coal face.

Bath Rugby team to face Stade Francais

15. Ollie Devoto

14. Nick Abendanon

13. Horacio Agulla

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Tom Biggs

10. Stephen Donald

9. Peter Stringer

1. Paul James

2. Rob Webber

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dominic Day

6. Simon Taylor

7. Francois Louw

8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Will Spencer

20. Nick Koster

21. Michael Claassens

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Jack Cuthbert


6 April 2013
Ground open: 11.00
Kickoff: 13:00
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Stade Francais

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Ollie Devoto15Hugo Bonneval FB 4 1
5 W Nick Abendanon14Waisea Nayacalevu W 4
10 C Horacio Agulla13Geoffrey Doumayrou C 1
5 C Kyle Eastmond12Paul Williams C
5 W Tom Biggs11Jeremy Sinzelle W 1
22 10 4 FH Stephen Donald10Jules Plisson FH 2 1
3 SH Peter Stringer9Jerome Fillol SH 2 1
1 P Paul James1Stanley Wright P
1 H Robert Webber2Aled De Malmanche H
1 P Dave Wilson3Rabah Slimani P
L Stuart Hooper4Scott Lavalla L
1 L Dominic Day5Gerhard Mostert L
FL Simon Taylor6Pierre Rabadan FL
3 FL Francois Louw7David Lyons FL
1 8 Ben Skirving8Sergio Parisse 8


1 rh Ross Batty16Remy Bonfils rh 5
1 rp Nathan Catt17Jeremy Becasseau rp
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Zurabi Zhvania rp
1 r8 Will Spencer19Anton van Zyl r8
2 rfl Nick Koster20Antoine Burban rfl
5 rsh Michael Claassens21Jérôme Porical rsh 3 5
30 30 rfh Tom Heathcote22Julien Arias rfh 1
5 rc Jack Cuthbert23Paul Warwick rc

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
30/03/13 Bath Rugby 40 - 25 London Welsh
22/03/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 13 Bath Rugby
09/03/13 Harlequins 31 - 23 Bath Rugby

Stade Francais form guide

Date Home Score Away
19/01/13 Stade Francais 39 - 17 London Welsh
12/01/13 Grenoble 15 - 9 Stade Francais
13/12/12 Stade Francais 29 - 6 I Cavalieri Prato

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 10
Points George Ford 219
Conversions George Ford 49
Minutes Leroy Houston 1667

Stade Francais dangermen

Tries Jérôme Porical 4
Points Jérôme Porical 83
Conversions Jérôme Porical 21
Minutes Anton van Zyl 403