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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 30 v 3 London Irish

1 January 2012, KO 13:30

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

London Irish

30 December 2011, 12:07pm

Bath Rugby change six for New Year’s Day clash

Dan Hipkiss, Tom Biggs and Simon Taylor all return as Bath Rugby make six changes to the starting line-up as they prepare to take on London Irish at the Recreation Ground on New Year’s Day in Round 12 of the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 1.30pm.

Simon Taylor lines up alongside Andy Beattie and Francois Louw in the back row, as Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell continue in the second row. Ross Batty starts at hooker, with Nathan Catt and Anthony Perenise packing down either side in the front row.

Stephen Donald and Michael Claassens continue to build their half-back partnership, and Nick Abendanon remains at fullback. Dan Hipkiss comes in at outside centre, partnering Matt Banahan, who shifts inside from the wing. Tom Biggs is named on the wing, with Matt Carraro starting on the opposite side.

On the bench, there is a welcome return from injury for Ben Skirving, and Kyle Eastmond could make his first appearance in Bath colours if called on.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Carraro

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Matt Banahan

11. Tom Biggs

10. Stephen Donald

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Ross Batty

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Andy Beattie

7. Francois Louw (c)

8. Simon Taylor


16. Will Tanner

17. Charlie Beech

18. David Wilson

19. Ben Skirving

20. Guy Mercer

21. Chris Cook

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Kyle Eastmond


1 January 2012
Ground open: 11.30am
Kickoff: 13:30
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


London Irish

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Nick Abendanon15Delon Armitage FB 1 1
3 W Ollie Woodburn14Topsy Ojo W 4
3 C Matthew Carraro13Joe Ansbro C 2
3 C Matthew Banahan12Shontayne Hape C 2
1 W Tom Biggs11Tom Homer W 1 22 61
6 3 1 FH Stephen Donald10Steve Shingler FH 2 1 3
2 SH Michael Claassens9Darren Allinson SH
1 P Nathan Catt1Alex Corbisiero P
H Ross Batty2James Buckland H
2 P Anthony Perenise3Paulica Ion P
4 L Dave Attwood4Nick Kennedy L 1
L Ryan Caldwell5Bryn Evans L
FL Andy Beattie6Declan Danaher FL
2 FL Francois Louw7Jamie Gibson FL
8 Simon Taylor8Richard Thorpe 8


rh Will Tanner16David Paice rh 3
1 rp Charlie Beech17Clarke Dermody rp
rp Dave Wilson18Max Lahiff rp
1 r8 Ben Skirving19Matthew Garvey r8 1
1 rfl Guy Mercer20Alex Gray rfl 2
rsh Chris Cook21Adam Thompstone rsh 6
14 10 1 rfh Tom Heathcote22Adrian Jarvis rfh 4 1
rc Kyle Eastmond23Paul Hodgson rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
29/10/11 London Irish 12 - 13 Bath Rugby
01/01/11 London Irish 24 - 25 Bath Rugby
11/09/10 Bath Rugby 20 - 13 London Irish

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/12/11 Northampton Saints 22 - 13 Bath Rugby
17/12/11 Leinster 52 - 27 Bath Rugby
11/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 18 Leinster

London Irish form guide

Date Home Score Away
27/12/11 London Irish 29 - 22 Exeter Chiefs
17/12/11 London Irish 19 - 25 Racing Metro
10/12/11 Racing Metro 14 - 34 London Irish

Bath dangermen

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

London Irish dangermen

Tries Alex Lewington 12
Points Shane Geraghty 164
Conversions Shane Geraghty 23
Minutes David Paice 1523