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1 January 1970, KO 01:00


13 September 2012, 11:59am

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby make just two changes to the side who beat London Wasps last weekend as they prepare to face Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground tomorrow night for the Round Three Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off 19.45.

Paul James comes in at loosehead, with Nathan Catt switching to the bench. James joins Lee Mears and David Wilson in the front row, with Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day continuing their partnership in the engine room. Simon Taylor, Carl Fearns and Ben Skirving complete the pack.

The other change comes in the centres, with Ben Williams coming in for the injured Matt Banahan. Williams starts at inside centre, with Dan Hipkiss outside him, as Olly Barkley and Michael Claassens are once again selected in the half-back positions. Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond, who both crossed the try line last weekend in the victory over Wasps, are named on the wings, with Nick Abendanon completing the line-up at fullback.

With both teams unbeaten so far, Head Coach Gary Gold knows that Friday will be a stern test for Bath.

"Northampton are a very strong side, who have made a good start to the competition. We all know about their strength in the forwards, but they also back that up with some hugely skilful backs who can attack from anywhere on the field.

"We were pleased with the performance against Wasps, but know there is still more we can do to improve and we have been working hard on this. It's these big games that you want to be involved in – as a player and as a coach – and whilst it will be a big challenge for us tomorrow night, we are looking forward to it."

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Kyle Eastmond

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Michael Claassens

1. Paul James

2. Lee Mears

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dominic Day

6. Simon Taylor

7. Carl Fearns

8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Dave Attwood

20. Josh Ovens

21. Mark McMillan

22. Ollie Devoto

23. Jack Cuthbert


1 January 1970
Ground open: 17.45
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