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1 January 1970, KO 01:00

 

21 September 2012, 11:55am

Louw back for Bath Rugby

Francois Louw returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium, kick-off 15.00.

Louw, who has been on international duty with South Africa in the Rugby Championship, comes into the back row, with Carl Fearns shifting to the blindside and Simon Taylor to Number 8. Ben Skirving is named on the bench.

There are also changes in the front row. Nathan Catt starts at loosehead and Anthony Perenise comes in on the other side of the scrum for David Wilson who picked up a knock in training. Lee Mears at hooker and Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day in the engine room complete the pack.

The backs are unchanged from last week. Michael Claassens once more combines with Olly Barkley in the half-backs as Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond line-up on the wings. Ben Williams and Dan Hipkiss continue in the centres and Nick Abendanon is named at fullback.

There is also a notable return to the bench for Stephen Donald, who will make his first appearance of the season if called upon.

Whilst London Irish have yet to win this season, Head Coach Gary Gold is under no misconceptions of the threat they pose for Bath.

"We know that Irish are a very good side, who will obviously be looking to get off the mark, which actually makes them more of a potent threat for us. They have an unpredictability we will have to react to, and it will require us to be on top of our game in all areas to do that."

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Kyle Eastmond

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Lee Mears

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dominic Day

6. Carl Fearns

7. Francois Louw

8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Paul James

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Ben Skirving

21. Mark McMillan

22. Stephen Donald

23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

1 January 1970
Ground open: 13.00
Kickoff: 01:00

Lineups

Lineups for this match are not available.

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 3
Points George Ford 37
Conversions George Ford 8
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 160