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Bath Rugby make two changes to face Gloucester Rugby

12 April 2019

Bath Rugby have made two changes to the starting line-up to face West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday, kick-off 15:00. 

Beno Obano comes in at loosehead prop, whilst Freddie Burns will start against his former club at fly-half.

Obano starts in an otherwise unchanged front row from last weekend’s bonus-point victory against Bristol Bears, with Tom Dunn and Max Lahiff alongside him.

Charlie Ewels captains the side, with the England international linking up with Dave Attwood in the second row. Tom Ellis, Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer continue in the back row for the trip to face the in-form Cherry and Whites.  

Kahn Fotuali’i retains his place at scrum-half, with Burns completing the half-back partnership. Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Joseph, both try scorers in the win at Twickenham form the centre partnership.

Tom Homer, who played a key role in Bath’s triumph last season at Kingsholm starts at full-back, with Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga occupying the wings. 

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Tom Homer 

14. Joe Cokanasiga

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Ruaridh McConnochie

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Beno Obano 

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff 

4. Dave Attwood

5. Charlie Ewels (c)

6. Tom Ellis 

7. Sam Underhill

8. Zach Mercer 

Replacements

16. Jack Walker

17. Jacques van Rooyen

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Miles Reid 

21. Will Chudley

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Max Clark

Gloucester team

15. Matt Banahan 14. Tom Seabrook, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Danny Cipriani, Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements

16. Mike Sherry, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Jake Polledri, 22. Callum Braley, 23. Louis Rees-Zammit

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