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Burns starts for Bath Rugby against Benetton Rugby

19 January 2018

Freddie Burns will start at fly-half for Bath Rugby in tomorrow's European Rugby Champions Cup encounter against Benetton Rugby at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso, kick-off 18:30 (local time).

Burns will be joined by Kahn Fotuali’i in the half-back pairing, as the Samoan international returns to the starting line-up at scrum-half.

Ben Tapuai and Jonathan Joseph continue in the midfield, with Aled Brew, Matt Banahan and Anthony Watson completing the backline.

Up front, there is a start for Lucas Noguera at loosehead prop, with the Argentinian international featuring alongside Tom Dunn and Henry Thomas in the front row.

James Phillips and Elliott Stooke make up the second row pairing for the trip to Treviso, whilst Matt Garvey captains the side at blindside flanker. Zach Mercer and Sam Underhill, who were two of five Bath Rugby players called up to the England squad for the NatWest Six Nations opener against Italy complete the back row.

Bath Rugby team to face Benetton Rugby

15. Anthony Watson

14. Matt Banahan

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Lucas Noguera

2. Tom Dunn

3. Henry Thomas

4. James Phillips

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey (c)

7. Sam Underhill

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Nick Auterac

18. Max Lahiff

19. Luke Charteris

20. Paul Grant

21. Darren Allinson

22. Josh Lewis

23. James Wilson

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