Faletau and Louw return to action for Sale Sharks showdown

27 December 2019

Bath Rugby make two changes to the side that beat London Irish 38-10 at the Madejski Stadium last week, with Taulupe Faletau and Francois Louw returning for the Round 7 tie with fourth placed Sale Sharks at the Rec (kick-off 15:00). 

Louw returns to captain the side, whilst Faletau makes his comeback from an injury sustained in Wales’ Rugby World Cup training camp earlier in the summer.

Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Will Stuart maintain their spot in the front row, with Josh McNally and Elliott Stooke again starting at lock. 

Tom Ellis retains his spot in the backrow with Louw replacing Sam Underhill and Faletau coming in for Josh Bayliss.

The backline that scored four of the six tries last week are unchanged, with Will Chudley and Rhys Priestland commanding the nine and ten channels.

Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni will occupy the wide passages with Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Joseph in midfield, whilst Tom Homer props up the back three.

Bath Rugby side to face Sale Sharks:

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Anthony Watson

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Will Chudley

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Will Stuart

4. Josh McNally

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Tom Ellis

7. Francois Louw (C)

8. Taulupe Faletau 

Replacements

16. Jack Walker, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Matt Garvey, 20. Josh Bayliss, 21. Chris Cook, 22. Freddie Burns, 23. Aled Brew

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