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Bath Rugby make four changes to team to face Newcastle Falcons

15 February 2018

Bath Rugby has made four changes to their starting line-up as they prepare to take on Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park tomorrow evening, kick-off 19:45.

Cooper Vuna will make his Club debut on the left wing, with Zach Mercer returning from international duty.

Vuna joins an otherwise unchanged back three with Aled Brew on the right wingand James Wilson at fullback.Will Hurrell continues in the midfield alongside Ben Tapuai, whilst Freddie Burns and Kahn Fotuali’i will look to control the game in the half-back pairing.

Ross Batty starts at hooker after a try-scoring return to the Rec against Northampton Saints last Friday, where he’ll scrum down with Lucas Noguera and Max Lahiff in the front row.

Mercer is named at number eight, with captain Matt Garvey and Paul Grant taking their place on the flanks, and James Phillips switches from number eight to partner Elliott Stooke in a physical second row combination.

Front row duo Beno Obano and Anthony Perenise both return to be named on the bench.

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

15. James Wilson

14. Aled Brew

13. Will Hurrell

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Cooper Vuna

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Lucas Noguera

2. Ross Batty

3. Max Lahiff

4. James Phillips

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey (c)

7. Paul Grant

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Nathan Charles

17. Beno Obano

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Levi Douglas

20. Josh Bayliss

21. Chris Cook

22. Josh Lewis

23. Jeff Williams

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