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1 January 1970, KO 01:00


30 November 2012, 12:00pm

Internationals back on duty for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby's internationals Horacio Agulla, Paul James and Francois Louw will be back in action for the West Country side tomorrow as they travel to Welford Road to take on Leicester Tigers in Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership (kick-off 12.30).

Agulla, who returns from playing for Argentina, will be making his first start in Bath colours against his old teammates, and he knows that a tough challenge lies ahead.

"It will be a bit strange for me going into the other changing room at Welford Road, but it will be nice to go back. I have a lot of good memories from my time there, but I'm a Bath player now so I want to go up there and hopefully get a good result with the boys.

"We're really looking forward to the game. We had a great win last weekend against Quins, but we know that Leicester are a really good team, so we will need to be 100% on our game."

Agulla takes the outside centre shirt, with Matt Banahan lining up inside him. Having been released by England, Tom Biggs is named on the left wing as Kyle Eastmond continues on the right, and Nick Abendanon starts once again at full-back.

James and Louw, who have been representing Wales and South Africa respectively, both come into the starting line-up.

James props down alongside Lee Mears and Anthony Perenise in the front row, whilst Louw comes in on the blindside flank. Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood combine once more in the second row, as Guy Mercer and Simon Taylor complete the scrum on the openside and at number 8.

Stephen Donald, who was named Man of the Match in the victory over Harlequins last weekend, renews his half-back partnership with Michael Claassens.

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15 Nick Abendanon

14 Kyle Eastmond

13 Horacio Agulla

12 Matt Banahan

11 Tom Biggs

10 Stephen Donald

9 Michael Claassens

1 Paul James

2 Lee Mears

3 Anthony Perenise

4 Stuart Hooper ( c )

5 Dave Attwood

6 Francois Louw

7 Guy Mercer

8 Simon Taylor


16 Brett Sharman

17 Charlie Beech

18 Kane Palma-Newport

19 Dominic Day

20 Josh Ovens

21 Mark McMillan

22 Tom Heathcote

23 Jack Cuthbert


1 January 1970
Ground open: 10.30
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