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London Irish

London Irish 23 v 44 Bath Rugby

22 March 2014, KO 17:30

Madejski Stadium
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

21 March 2014, 11:59am

Bath Rugby ring the changes for Irish trip

Bath Rugby have made nine changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow's trip to London Irish from that which contested the LV= Cup Semi-Final against Exeter Chiefs two weeks ago.

Stuart Hooper leads the side, with the returning Dave Attwood his partner in the second row. Also back from international duty are Paul James and David Wilson, who scrum down either side of Ross Batty at hooker. Francois Louw is named at openside flanker, with Matt Garvey and Leroy Houston completing the pack at blindside and number 8.

Newly-capped George Ford starts at fly-half with Peter Stringer joining him in the half-backs. Kyle Eastmond comes back into the midfield alongside Ollie Devoto, as Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson start out wide on the wings and Nick Abendanon provides the threat from fullback.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Guy Mercer
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

Overview

22 March 2014
Ground open: 13.00
Kickoff: 17:30
Madejski Stadium

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

London Irish

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Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
19 6 1 FB James O'Connor15Nick Abendanon FB 2
1 W Topsy Ojo14Anthony Watson W 4
4 C Fergus Mulchrone13Ollie Devoto C 2
3 C Eamonn Sheridan12Kyle Eastmond C 6
6 W Marland Yarde11Semesa Rokoduguni W 6
15 1 13 3 FH Shane Geraghty10George Ford FH 3 39 2 50
1 2 SH Darren Allinson9Peter Stringer SH
2 P Matt Parr1Paul James P
1 H David Paice2Ross Batty H
2 P Jamie Hagan3Dave Wilson P 1
1 L George Skivington4Stuart Hooper L
1 L Nic Rouse5Dave Attwood L 2
3 FL Kieran Low6Matthew Garvey FL 4
4 FL Blair Cowan7Francois Louw FL 2
2 8 Ofisa Treviranus8Leroy Houston 8 4

Replacements

3 rh Jimmy Stevens16Tom Dunn rh
rp John Yapp17Nathan Catt rp
1 rp Leo Halavatau18Juan Pablo Orlandi rp
1 r8 Jebb Sinclair19Dominic Day r8 3
2 rfl Chris Hala'ufia20Guy Mercer rfl 3
7 rsh Andrew Fenby21Micky Young rsh 2
14 9 1 rfh Ian Humphreys22Gavin Henson rfh 1 3 3
rc Ed Hoadley23Horacio Agulla rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
28/09/13 Bath Rugby 33 - 18 London Irish
16/02/13 Bath Rugby 40 - 16 London Irish
22/09/12 London Irish 29 - 22 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
09/03/14 Bath Rugby 19 - 22 Exeter Chiefs
28/02/14 Bath Rugby 10 - 23 Saracens
22/02/14 Bath Rugby 32 - 25 Wasps

London Irish form guide

Date Home Score Away
01/03/14 Exeter Chiefs 18 - 0 London Irish
23/02/14 London Irish 15 - 20 Leicester Tigers
15/02/14 Wasps 20 - 23 London Irish

Bath dangermen

Tries Jonathan Joseph 5
Points George Ford 84
Conversions George Ford 18
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 480

London Irish dangermen

Tries Blair Cowan 3
Points Shane Geraghty 75
Conversions Shane Geraghty 9
Minutes George Skivington 480