Louw and Watson start against Harlequins

22 November 2019

Rugby World Cup finalists Francois Louw and Anthony Watson return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up to face Harlequins in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup at The Stoop on Saturday (kick-off 17:30).

Louw starts at number eight in his first appearance for the Club since his triumph with South Africa in Japan, while England international Watson lines up at full-back.

Watson will link-up with Semesa Rokoduguni and international teammate Ruaridh McConnochie in the back three.

Max Wright comes in at inside centre joining Jonathan Joseph in the midfield, with Chris Cook coming into the fold at scrum-half. Cooks lines up in a new half-back combination, which sees Freddie Burns move from full-back to fly-half.  

Lewis Boyce starts at loosehead against his former club, with Jack Walker and Christian Judge completing the front row.

Charlie Ewels captains the side from the second row alongside Josh McNally. Elliott Stooke, Josh Bayliss and Louw complete the pack for the trip to Twickenham.

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Anthony Watson

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Max Wright

11. Ruaridh McConnochie

10. Freddie Burns

9. Chris Cook

1. Lewis Boyce

2. Jack Walker

3. Christian Judge

4. Josh McNally

5. Charlie Ewels (c)

6. Elliott Stooke

7. Josh Bayliss

8. Francois Louw


16. Tom Dunn

17. Beno Obano

18. Will Stuart

19. Matt Garvey

20. Rhys Davies

21. Will Chudley

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Jamie Roberts

Harlequins team:


1. Joe Marler, 2. Elia Elia, 3. Will Collier, 4. Stephan Lewies, 5. Matt Symons (VC), 6. Chris Robshaw (c), 7. Will Evans, 8. Tom Lawday, 9. Danny Care (VC), 10. Marcus Smith, 11. Cadan Murley, 12. James Lang, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 14. Ross Chisholm, 15. Mike Brown


16. George Head, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Simon Kerrod, 19. Tevita Cavubati, 20. Semi Kunatani, 21. Niall Saunders, 22. Paul Lasike, 
23. Gabriel Ibitoye


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