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1 January 1970, KO 01:00


28 September 2012, 11:53am

Barkley at fly-half for final game

Olly Barkley will start his final game for Bath Rugby at fly-half as the West Country side look to get back to winning ways against Sale Sharks at the Recreation Ground tomorrow, kick-off 14.15.

Barkley, who it was announced last week would be leaving to join Top 14 side Racing Metro 92, has amassed over 230 appearances in the Blue, Black and White, and scored over 2160 points in his time at the Club.

He re-joins Michael Claassens in the half-backs, with Stephen Donald switching to inside centre, partnering Dan Hipkiss in the midfield. Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond line up on the wings, as Nick Abendanon starts at fullback.

In the pack, David Wilson is back at tighthead, with Paul James handed the loosehead shirt. Lee Mears continues at hooker.

Dave Attwood makes his first start of the season in the second row, combining with captain Stuart Hooper. Carl Fearns, Ben Skirving and Simon Taylor complete the line-up in the backrow.

Speaking earlier in the week, Olly said: "I've had an amazing time here and I've made some fantastic memories, played in some amazing teams and met some wicked people, and I leave with nothing but absolute love for this place and these people."

"The task for me now is really to just concentrate on the game. It's a big occasion for me and for my family, but most important is getting four points. We need to get back on the horse after losing the last two on the bounce and have been working very hard to right the wrongs. It's not about me leaving, it's about the four points, and if I can say goodbye having helped the team to a win, then I'll be happy."  

There are still tickets available for tomorrow's clash against Sale Sharks, so call the Ticket Office now on 0844 448 1865 to book your tickets to join us wish Olly 'bon voyage'!

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Kyle Eastmond

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Stephen Donald

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Michael Claassens

1. Paul James

2. Lee Mears

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Carl Fearns

7. Ben Skirving

8. Simon Taylor


16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Anthony Perenise

19 Dominic Day

20 Will Skuse

21 Mark McMillan

22 Sam Vesty

23 Jack Cuthbert


1 January 1970
Ground open: 12.15
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