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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 13 v 18 Leinster

11 December 2011, KO 12:45

Recreation Ground
Heineken Cup


9 December 2011, 12:34pm

Louw and Donald return for Bath Rugby

Southern hemisphere duo Francois Louw and Stephen Donald will be back in action for Bath Rugby on Sunday, as they welcome reigning European champions, Leinster to the Recreation Ground for the crunch Round 3 match of the Heineken Cup, kick-off 12.45pm.

Louw comes in on the blindside, with Guy Mercer and Simon Taylor completing the back row. Ryan Caldwell and Dave Attwood combine in the second row, whilst David Flatman and David Wilson scrum down either side of Chris Biller, who will make his first start for Bath Rugby.

Donald returns to partner Michael Claassens in the half-backs, as Matt Banahan and Jack Cuthbert line up in the wings. Olly Barkley and Dan Hipkiss form a new centre partnership, with Nick Abendanon returning to full-back.

Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, said "This European game is a great challenge for us, and it's this kind of game that we all want to be part of. Our situation with injuries is much the same as last week, although unfortunately now with the addition of Stuart Hooper, who has a fractured wrist. Leinster are obviously a good side, and have been setting the standard in Europe for the last couple of seasons, so it's great to be playing them at the Rec, in front of a full house. It's what we all want to be involved in, and is a great opportunity for us, and a great occasion."

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Jack Cuthbert

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Olly Barkley

11. Matt Banahan

10. Stephen Donald

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman

2. Chris Biller

3. David Wilson

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Francois Louw (c)

7. Guy Mercer

8. Simon Taylor


16. Charlie Beech

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Will Spencer

20. Andy Beattie

21. Chris Cook

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Sam Vesty


11 December 2011
Kickoff: 12:45
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby



P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Nick Abendanon15Robert Kearney FB 1
2 W Jack Cuthbert14Isakeli Nacewa W
1 C Dan Hipkiss13Fergus McFadden C
4 3 C Olly Barkley12Gordon D'Arcy C 1
3 W Matthew Banahan11Luke Fitzgerald W
3 FH Stephen Donald10Jonathan Sexton FH 5 10
1 SH Michael Claassens9Isaac Boss SH 1
1 P David Flatman1Heinke Van der Merwe P
H Chris Biller2Richardt Strauss H
P Dave Wilson3Mike Ross P
3 L Dave Attwood4Leo Cullen L
L Ryan Caldwell5Damien Browne L
1 FL Francois Louw6Kevin McLaughlin FL
1 FL Guy Mercer7Sean O'Brien FL
8 Simon Taylor8James Heaslip 8


1 rh Charlie Beech16Sean Cronin rh 1
1 rp Nathan Catt17Cian Healy rp
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Nathan White rp
1 r8 Will Spencer19Devin Toner r8
rfl Andy Beattie20Shane Jennings rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Eoin Reddan rsh
14 10 1 rfh Tom Heathcote22Ian Madigan rfh 1
18 1 6 1 rc Sam Vesty23Eoin O'Malley rc 2

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
03/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 16 Sale Sharks
25/11/11 Worcester Warriors 16 - 7 Bath Rugby
20/11/11 Bath Rugby 16 - 13 Montpellier

Leinster form guide

Date Home Score Away
20/11/11 Leinster 38 - 13 Glasgow Warriors
12/11/11 Montpellier 16 - 16 Leinster
30/04/11 Leinster 32 - 23 Toulouse

Bath dangermen

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

Leinster dangermen

Tries Rob Kearney 2
Points Ian Madigan 40
Conversions Jonathan Sexton 7
Minutes Ian Madigan 240