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Bath Rugby quartet return to starting line-up to face Exeter Chiefs

1 December 2017

Bath Rugby will welcome back Charlie Ewels, Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s game against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, kick-off 14:00.

The trio, who have been on international duty with England in the Autumn Internationals, return to domestic action to face last year’s Aviva Premiership champions.

Watson and Rokoduguni will start at fullback and on the right wing respectively, and will be joined in the back three by Aled Brew.Joseph returns to the midfield to partner Ben Tapuai, whilst Kahn Fotuali’i links up with Freddie Burns in the half-back combination.  

The front three remains unchanged, with Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Anthony Perenise looking to assert their authority on proceedings at Sandy Park. Ewels, who scored in England’s 48-14 victory against Samoa on Saturday, returns to the second row alongside Luke Charteris.

Matt Garvey captains the side at blindside flanker and will be joined by Zach Mercer and Paul Grant, who was one of four try scorers in last weekend’s bonus-point 38-14 win over Harlequins last Saturday.

Rhys Priestland is named amongst the replacements after winning his 50th international cap for Wales last weekend against New Zealand.

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Anthony Watson

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Luke Charteris

6. Matt Garvey (c)

7. Zach Mercer

8. Paul Grant

 

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Nick Auterac

18. Max Lahiff

19. Elliott Stooke

20. James Phillips

21. Chris Cook

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Matt Banahan

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