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Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons 9 v 22 Bath Rugby

3 September 2011, KO 18:30

Kingston Park
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

2 September 2011, 12:09pm

Four debutants included for Bath Rugby’s trip to Newcastle

Bath Rugby visit the Newcastle Falcons tomorrow for the opening game of the season, and four players will make their first competitive start in a Bath jersey, kick-off 6.30pm.

Lock Ryan Caldwell, flanker Carl Fearns, and centre, Dan Hipkiss, will all get their first Premiership starts for their new club, having impressed in the pre-season games.

Caldwell joins captain Stuart Hooper in the engine room, whilst Fearns lines up alongside Ben Skirving and Simon Taylor in the back row.

Also making his first start for Bath is Academy prop, Kane Palma-Newport, who scrums down with David Flatman and Pieter Dixon in the front row.

Michael Claassens and Sam Vesty are the pivots in the half backs, and Hipkiss continues his partnership with Ben Williams in the centres. Tom Biggs and Matt Carraro line up out wide on the wings, with Nick Abendanon completing the starting line-up at full-back.

Whilst Bath completed a double victory over Newcastle at the end of last season, winning both the games at Kingston Park and a week later at the Recreation Ground, Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, knows that victory won't come easy tomorrow evening.

"We beat them twice at the end of last season, but playing a side at the beginning of a season is always a bit different. Last year, their confidence wasn't high and they weren't that relaxed, but all that goes away with the beginning of a new season.

"We expect them to do things with a bit more ambition and confidence, and we have to match that. We know how we want to play and we know the shape we want to put out on the field."

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Carraro

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman

2. Pieter Dixon

3. Kane Palma-Newport

4. Ryan Caldwell

5. Stuart Hooper (c)

6. Ben Skirving

7. Carl Fearns

8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Duncan Bell

19. Dave Attwood

20. Guy Mercer

21. Mark McMillan

22. Paul Roberts

23. Jack Cuthbert





3 September 2011
Ground open: 12:00
Kickoff: 18:30
Kingston Park

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Newcastle Falcons


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Greg Goosen15Nick Abendanon FB
W Luke Fielden14Matthew Carraro W 1
C Luke Eves13Dan Hipkiss C
C Jamie Helleur12Ben Williams C
W Alex Tait11Tom Biggs W
3 FH Jimmy Gopperth10Sam Vesty FH 1 1 4
SH Chris Pilgrim9Michael Claassens SH
P Grant Shiels1David Flatman P
H Rob Vickers2Pieter Dixon H
P Ashley Wells3Kane Palma-Newport P
L James Hudson4Stuart Hooper L
L Andrew Van der Heijden5Ryan Caldwell L
FL Mark Wilson6Ben Skirving FL
FL Will Welch7Carl Fearns FL
8 Richard Mayhew8Simon Taylor 8


rh Joe Graham16Ross Batty rh
rp Dan Frazier17Nathan Catt rp
rp James Hall18Duncan Bell rp
r8 Tim Swinson19Dave Attwood r8
rfl Allister Hogg20Guy Mercer rfl
rsh Jordi Pasqualin21Mark McMillan rsh
rfh James Fitzpatrick22Paul Roberts rfh
rc Tom Catterick23Jack Cuthbert rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons
30/04/11 Newcastle Falcons 11 - 14 Bath Rugby
29/01/11 Bath Rugby 11 - 6 Newcastle Falcons

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons
30/04/11 Newcastle Falcons 11 - 14 Bath Rugby
23/04/11 London Wasps 10 - 43 Bath Rugby

Newcastle Falcons form guide

Date Home Score Away
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons
30/04/11 Newcastle Falcons 11 - 14 Bath Rugby
22/04/11 Newcastle Falcons 13 - 24 Leicester Tigers

Bath dangermen

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

Newcastle dangermen

Tries Sinoti Sinoti 9
Points Rory Clegg 94
Conversions Tom Catterick 19
Minutes Juan Socino 1780