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1 January 1970, KO 01:00


5 October 2012, 12:02pm

Bath Rugby team named for derby clash

Sam Vesty will come into the starting line-up at inside centre for Bath Rugby as the West Country outfit look to clinch a vital win in the Aviva Premiership against old rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm tomorrow, kick-off 14.15.

This will be Vesty's first start of the season, and he will partner Dan Hipkiss in the midfield, with Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald forming the half-backs.

Having played at inside centre last Saturday in the win over Sale Sharks, Donald slots back into his preferred role of fly-half, replacing Olly Barkley, who last week played his final game for Bath Rugby before taking up a contract at Racing Metro 92.

The back three doesn't change, with Kyle Eastmond and Tom Biggs out wide and Nick Abendanon at fullback.

Up front, Paul James is retained at loosehead, and will link up with Lee Mears - who is handed the captain's armband - and Davey Wilson to form an all-international front row. In the absence of Club captain Stuart Hooper, who sadly injured his hamstring last Saturday, Dominic Day partners former Cherry and White Dave Attwood in the engine room.

Speaking earlier in the week, Attwood said: "Kingsholm was once home to me and it is a special place. To be arriving there this weekend with my Bath teammates is a real honour. These are special days and there is a huge amount of history to remember as you run out. I can't wait for the game."

The back row remains unchanged as Carl Fearns and Ben Skirving pack down on the flanks, with 66 times capped Scot Simon Taylor at number eight.

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Sam Vesty
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens

1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears ( c )
3. Davey Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Ben Skirving
8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Will Skuse
21. Mark McMillan
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Jack Cuthbert



1 January 1970
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