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Attwood returns for Bath Rugby
Harlequins

Harlequins 23 v 9 Bath Rugby

13 April 2013, KO 14:15

The Stoop
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

12 April 2013, 11:56am

Attwood returns for Bath Rugby

Dave Attwood will return to Bath Rugby's starting line-up tomorrow as the team take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 14.15.

Attwood is one of six personnel changes and he partners Club captain Stuart Hooper in the second row. Ross Batty takes the number two shirt and scrums down between international duo Paul James and David Wilson in the front row. Mat Gilbert comes onto the openside flank, as Francois Louw shifts to the blindside and Simon Taylor to number 8.

The southern hemisphere pairing of Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald resume their half-back partnership, whilst Argentinian international Horacio Agulla moves back on to the right wing with young flyer Olly Woodburn on the left. Army star Semesa Rokoduguni returns to join Kyle Eastmond in the centres, with Ollie Devoto continuing at fullback.

From the bench, Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu could be in line to make his Premiership debut, with Guy Mercer being named in a matchday squad for the first time since January.

Amongst the players unavailable for selection this week are Tom Biggs, Nick Abendanon, Matt Banahan, Carl Fearns and Ben Skirving.

If you can't get to the Stoop tomorrow, but want to watch the game in the company of fellow Bath Rugby supporters, then why not pop down to the Clubhouse – doors are open at 14.00, and we're offering £1 off every pint of Thatchers and Wadworth 6X. See you there! 

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Ollie Devoto

14. Horacio Agulla

13. Semesa Rokoduguni

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Olly Wodburn

10. Stephen Donald

9. Michael Claassens

1. Paul James

2. Ross Batty

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Francois Louw

7. Mat Gilbert

8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Will Spencer

20. Guy Mercer

21. Peter Stringer

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

13 April 2013
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Stoop

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Harlequins

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Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
4 FB Mike Brown15Ollie Devoto FB 1 1
7 W Tom Williams14Horacio Agulla W 10
2 C George Lowe13Semesa Rokoduguni C 5
4 C Matt Hopper12Kyle Eastmond C 5
4 W Sam Smith11Olly Woodburn W 1
48 1 28 3 FH Nick Evans10Stephen Donald FH 4 10 24
1 6 SH Danny Care9Michael Claassens SH 5
P Joe Marler1Paul James P 1
H Joe Gray2Ross Batty H 1
P James Johnston3Dave Wilson P 1
L Ollie Kohn4Stuart Hooper L
3 L George Robson5Dave Attwood L 1
3 FL Tom Guest6Francois Louw FL 3
1 FL Chris Robshaw7Mathew Gilbert FL
1 8 Nick Easter8Simon Taylor 8

Replacements

1 rh Rob Buchanan16Eusebio Guinazu rh
1 rp Mark Lambert17Nathan Catt rp 1
rp Will Collier18Anthony Perenise rp 1
1 r8 Charlie Matthews19Will Spencer r8 1
1 rfl Luke Wallace20Guy Mercer rfl 1
2 rsh Karl Dickson21Peter Stringer rsh 3
33 22 2 rfh Ben Botica22Tom Heathcote rfh 30 30
6 rc Ugo Monye23Jack Cuthbert rc 5

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
09/03/13 Harlequins 31 - 23 Bath Rugby
23/11/12 Bath Rugby 21 - 18 Harlequins
16/11/12 Harlequins 21 - 12 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
06/04/13 Bath Rugby 20 - 36 Stade Francais
30/03/13 Bath Rugby 40 - 25 London Welsh
22/03/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 13 Bath Rugby

Harlequins form guide

Date Home Score Away
29/03/13 Gloucester Rugby 17 - 15 Harlequins
24/03/13 Saracens 27 - 12 Harlequins
17/03/13 Harlequins 32 - 14 Sale Sharks

Bath dangermen

Tries Matthew Banahan 8
Points George Ford 272
Conversions George Ford 43
Minutes Matthew Garvey 1901

Harlequins dangermen

Tries Sam Smith 8
Points Nick Evans 164
Conversions Nick Evans 22
Minutes Nick Easter 1583