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1 January 1970, KO 01:00


2 November 2012, 12:00pm

Banahan returns for Bath Rugby

Matt Banahan will make his first appearance since the second round of the Aviva Premiership on Sunday as he returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the game against London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium, kick-off 15.00.

Banahan comes into the outside centre shirt, partnering Ben Williams. Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond continue on the wings, with Nick Abendanon at fullback. Stephen Donald and Michael Claassens also continue their half-back partnership.

Anthony Perenise starts at tighthead in place of David Wilson, scrumming down with Lee Mears and Paul James in the front row. Dominic Day and Dave Attwood combine in the engine room once more. In the back row, injuries to Carl Fearns and Francois Louw see Club captain Stuart Hooper start on the blindside flank, with Will Skuse making his first Aviva Premiership start on the openside. Ben Skirving continues at the back of the scrum.

Head Coach Gary Gold has no doubt that Sunday's game will be another tough challenge for Bath, despite recording a 40-31 victory over London Welsh in pre-season.

"I don't think you can really read much into the pre-season result, this will be a very different game. They're a good group of players, are well coached and have a great attitude to work hard for each other – I've been impressed by what they've done this season.

"This Sunday is going to be another tough encounter for us, especially with their ability to dig in for the win at home, and we know that we have to achieve the same level of performance and attitude as we did last weekend to get a good result."
Bath Rugby team to face London Welsh

15 Nick Abendanon
14 Kyle Eastmond
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald
9 Michael Claassens
1 Paul James
2 Lee Mears
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Dominic Day
5 Dave Attwood
6 Stuart Hooper ( c )
7 Will Skuse
8 Ben Skirving


16 Brett Sharman
17 Charlie Beech
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Will Spencer
20 Guy Mercer
21 Mark McMillan
22 Sam Vesty
23 Horacio Agulla


1 January 1970
Ground open: 13.00
Kickoff: 01:00


Lineups for this match are not available.

Bath dangermen

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