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Ewels and Stooke back for Bath Rugby

9 December 2016

Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke both return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow when they face Cardiff Blues in the third round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, kick-off 14:30.

Ewels comes into the side having won his first caps for England during the autumn internationals, combining with Stooke, who is back from injury, in the second row.

Beno Obano and Max Lahiff pack down either side of Ross Batty to form a new front row, whilst Matt Garvey will lead the team from the blindside flank. Tom Ellis continues on the openside and Paul Grant has been named at number eight.

Darren Allinson and Dan Bowden renew their half-back partnership, as Ben Tapuai and Max Clark continue to combine in the midfield. Semesa Rokoduguni and Jack Wilson are the threats out wide on the wing, and Tom Homer starts at fullback.

Unavailable for selection: Matt Banahan, Chris Cook, David Denton, Rhys Priestland, David Sisi, Elliott Stooke, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson.

Bath Rugby team to face Cardiff Blues

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Jack Wilson

10. Dan Bowden

9. Darren Allinson

1. Beno Obano

2. Ross Batty

3. Max Lahiff

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Paul Grant

Replacements

16. Jack Walker

17. Nick Auterac

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Guy Mercer

20. Michael van Vuuren

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Jeff Williams

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