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Cokanasiga returns to Bath Rugby line-up to face Wasps

19 October 2018

Joe Cokanasiga returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up side to face Wasps in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup tomorrow at the Ricoh Arena, kick-off 15:15.

Cokanasiga starts on the left wing with Semesa Rokoduguni on the other flank and Darren Atkins moving to full-back to complete the back three. Jackson Willison continues at outside centre and will be joined in the midfield by Max Wright, who came on as a replacement last weekend against Toulouse. Will Chudley makes his competitive debut for the Club, as the scrum-half links up with Freddie Burns in the half-back pairing.

Jack Walker comes in at hooker, with Nathan Catt and Henry Thomas taking their places at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively. Dave Attwood and Charlie Ewels form the second row combination, whilst there is an unchanged back row for the trip to Coventry. Tom Ellis and Francois Louw remain at six and seven, with Zach Mercer completing the pack. 

Ross Batty marks his return to the first team squad, with the hooker is named among the replacements for the European clash.

Tom Dunn, Rhys Priestland and Jamie Roberts are all unavailable for selection for this tomorrow's game.  Dunn has sustained a small fracture to his right eye and is expected to be out for three-four weeks. Priestland sustained knee ligament damage during last weekend's game and is likely to be sidelined for six-eight weeks. Roberts underwent return to play protocols after being knocked out against Toulouse, but has not recovered in time to take his place in the squad.  

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15. Darren Atkins

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jackson Willison

12. Max Wright

11. Joe Cokanasiga

10. Freddie Burns

9. Will Chudley

1. Nathan Catt

2. Jack Walker

3. Henry Thomas

4. Dave Attwood

5. Charlie Ewels (c)

6. Tom Ellis

7. Francois Louw

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Jacques van Rooyen

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Matt Garvey

20. Sam Underhill

21. Max Green

22. Alex Davies

23. Tom Homer

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