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Dunn and Mercer return to the starting line-up for Bath Rugby

17 November 2017

Bath Rugby’s Tom Dunn and Zach Mercer return to the starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership fixture against London Irish on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium, kick-off 15:00.

The duo who have been away on international duty with England, take their places at hooker and openside flanker respectively.

Dunn will be joined by Beno Obano and Anthony Perenise in the front row, whilst Luke Charteris returns in the second row alongside Elliott Stooke.

Matt Garvey, who made his 100th appearance for the Club last Friday against Leicester Tigers, captains the side in a back row which includes Mercer and Paul Grant.

Kahn Fotuali’i starts in the number nine shirt, with Freddie Burns, who scored 16 points on his last visit to the Madejski two weeks ago, joining the Samoan in the half-back combination.

James Wilson makes his first Aviva Premiership start for Bath Rugby at outside centre, with Matt Banahan completing the centre partnership, as Bath look to make it two out of two against the Exiles this year.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Tom Homer

14. Jack Wilson

13. James Wilson  

12. Matt Banahan

11. Aled Brew

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Luke Charteris

5. Elliott Stooke  

6. Matt Garvey (c)

7. Zach Mercer

8. Paul Grant

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Nick Auterac

18. Max Lahiff

19. Levi Douglas  

20. Josh Bayliss  

21. Darren Allinson

22. Josh Lewis

23. Darren Atkins  

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