Four Bath players involved in England A v Scotland A

25 June 2021

Three Bath Rugby players will be involved in England A’s uncapped match against Scotland A on Sunday at Welford Road.

Charlie Ewels starts in the second row alongside Leicester Tigers’ Harry Wells while Beno Obano and Joe Cokanasiga are named as replacements.

Sam Underhill has been ruled out of the match with concussion and go through the return to play process.

Head coach for the game, John Mitchell, said: “This squad has grown over the past few weeks, is full of energy and competition and the players have given their all. 

“Now the next step is for us to work even harder at becoming more cohesive in our final stages of our preparation.

“We are looking forward to a tough game against Scotland A. We’ve prepared well and will arrive ready for it.”

Meanwhile, incoming prop D’Arcy Rae has been called up by Scotland and joins Josh Bayliss in the squad.

Homegrown back rower Bayliss will make his Scotland debut after being selected at blindside flanker.

He has been named as vice captain for the match and is one of 17 uncapped players in interim head coach Mike Blair's match day 23.

Blair said: “We’ve clearly had a bit of disruption this week, but the medical team and our playing squad have handled the situation extremely professionally.

“It is unfortunately a reminder of the world we’re currently living in and the players are now isolating as per Scottish Government guidelines.

“Despite this, we’ve still had a really good training week, with this young and talented squad maintaining the high standards and levels of enthusiasm that we expect while in Scotland camp.

“As we’ve said all week, we’re treating this ‘A’ game like a Test match, and so the build-up and processes that we go through on a weekly basis have remained the same. We expect our squad to continue that intensity into game day, as this match gives every player an opportunity to prove themselves on the international stage.

“This is a relatively new group of players – especially with Stafford, Callum, Ben and George only just coming in to the squad - however they’ve already shown in a short space of time that they have the ability and attitude to make a statement with their performances.

“The players have put in the hard work and now we look forward to the challenge of taking on a strong England ‘A’ side this Sunday.”

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