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Faletau and Joseph return to face Exeter Chiefs

22 March 2018

Taulupe Faletau and Jonathan Joseph return to the starting line-up, as Bath Rugby face Exeter Chiefs in Round 18 of the Aviva Premiership at the Rec tomorrow night, kick-off 19:45.

Faletau and Joseph, start at number eight and outside centre respectively, as Bath welcome the reigning Aviva Premiership champions to the West Country.

Nathan Charles stars at hooker, with Beno Obano and Henry Thomas either side of the Australian in the front row. Charlie Ewels continues in the second-row alongside Elliott Stooke, who returns to the starting XV.

Matt Garvey comes back into the fold at blindside flanker, with Tom Ellis and Faletau joining the Bath Rugby captain in the back row.

Kahn Fotuali’i partners Freddie Burns in the half-back combination, whilst Joseph features alongside James Wilson in the midfield.

Aled Brew, Matt Banahan and Tom Homer occupy the back three positions, as Bath look to close the gap on the top four.

Tom Dunn and Rhys Priestland could make their return to action, after being named among the replacements.

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Tom Homer

14. Matt Banahan

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. James Wilson

11. Aled Brew

10. Freddie Burns

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Beno Obano

2. Nathan Charles

3. Henry Thomas

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey (c)

7. Tom Ellis

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Nick Auterac

18. Anthony Perenise

19. James Phillips

20. Paul Grant

21. Chris Cook

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Cooper Vuna

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