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Bath Rugby aiming to give Cardiff the Blues

18 August 2011

Bath Rugby make the short journey across the Severn Bridge tomorrow evening to take on Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.

Bath Rugby will make the short journey across the Severn Bridge tomorrow evening to take on Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.Following on from last week's 15-0 victory over Super 15 side the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels at the Rec, a number of changes to the starting line-up have been made.

David Flatman, Ross Batty and Mark Lilley will all start in the front row, backed up by Ryan Caldwell and Stuart Hooper in the engine room. Carl Fearns and Guy Mercer retain their starting places on the flanks, and are joined by Simon Taylor at number 8.

Sam Vesty is joined in the half-backs by England Under 20s star Chris Cook. Matt Carraro comes into an otherwise unchanged back line on the wing.

The bench offers a mixture of experience and youth for the coaches to call on, with Academy players Will Spencer, Will Skuse, Paul Roberts, Tom Heathcote, Nick Scott, Ollie Woodburn and Kane Palma Newport joining the likes of Pieter Dixon, Michael Claassens, Ben Skirving, Mark McMillan, Jack Cuthbert and Nathan Catt.

Bath Rugby team to face Cardiff Blues

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Chris Cook
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. Mark Lilley
4. Ryan Caldwell
5. Stuart Hooper (c)
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Charlie Beech
18. Nathan Catt
19. Kane Palma-Newport
20. Will Spencer
21. Ben Skirving
22. Will Skuse
23. Mark McMillan
24. Michael Claassens
25. Tom Heathcote
26. Paul Roberts
27. Nick Scott
28. Ollie Woodburn
29. Jack Cuthbert

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