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Cokanasiga returns to face Exeter Chiefs

22 March 2019

Joe Cokanasiga returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Gallagher Premiership clash against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday, kick-off 15:00.

Following a Man of the Match performance for England against Italy in the Six Nations, the winger starts on the right wing. Ruaridh McConnochie and Tom Homer complete an exciting back three. 

Jamie Roberts joins Jonathan Joseph in an experienced midfield combination, whilst captain Will Chudley faces his former side at scrum-half. Rhys Priestland continues at fly-half after kicking Bath to victory against Saracens two weeks ago. 

Nathan Catt and Henry Thomas line up either side of Tom Dunn in an unchanged front-row. In the second row, Elliott Stooke features alongside Charlie Ewels, who like Cokanasiga returns after being involved in the England setup for the Six Nations.

After making his comeback in the 18-9 victory over Saracens, Tom Ellis starts at blindside flanker, with Francois Louw on the opposite flank. Zach Mercer completes the pack at number eight. 

Sam Underhill also marks his return to action, with the back rower named among the replacements for the trip to face the Gallagher Premiership leaders.  

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs 

15. Tom Homer 

14. Joe Cokanasiga 

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts 

11. Ruaridh McConnochie 

10. Rhys Priestland 

9. Will Chudley (c) 

1. Nathan Catt 

2. Tom Dunn

3. Henry Thomas 

4. Elliott Stooke 

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Tom Ellis 

7. Francois Louw 

8. Zach Mercer 

Replacements 

16. Jack Walker 

17. Beno Obano 

18. Anthony Perenise 

19. Levi Douglas 

20. Sam Underhill 

21. Kahn Fotuali'i 

22. Freddie Burns 

23. Max Clark 

Exeter team 

15. Santiago Cordero, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ollie Devoto, 11. Olly Woodburn, 10. Gareth Steenson, 9. Nic White, 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Jack Yeandle (c), 3. Harry Williams, 4. Dave Dennis, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Don Armand, 8. Matt Kvesic, 

Replacements

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Billy Keast, 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Mitch Lees, 20. Sam Skinner, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Joe Simmonds, 23. Sam Hill

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