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Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

28 April 2017

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against Gloucester Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, kick-off 15:00.

One of eight changes to the starting line-up, Garvey comes into the side at blindside flanker following his return to action from the bench against Stade Francais last weekend. International duo Francois Louw and Taulupe Faletau complete the back-row.

Chris Brooker makes his first start for the Club at hooker, with Shaun Knight propping down at tighthead and Nathan Catt continuing on the loosehead side. Elliott Stooke joins Luke Charteris in the second row.

Tom Homer returns to the starting line-up at fullback, with Anthony Watson switching to the wing. The other wing will be occupied by Aled Brew, who made a try-scoring return to action in Bath United’s 34-7 win against Harlequins A two weeks ago.

Max Clark and Ben Tapuai combine in the midfield, as Rhys Priestland co-captains the side from fly-half. The Welsh pivot links up with Kahn Foutali’i in Bath’s final home game of the season.

Unavailable for selection: Nick Auterac, Matt Banahan, Harry Davies, Levi Douglas, Charlie Ewels, Tom Dunn, Rory Jennings, Max Lahiff, Semesa Rokoduguni, Henry Thomas, Michael van Vuuren, Jack Walker, Jeff Williams

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Tom Homer

14. Anthony Watson

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Rhys Priestland (co-capt)

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Chris Brooker

3. Shaun Knight

4. Luke Charteris

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey

7. Francois Louw (co-capt)

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Tom Ellis

21. Chris Cook

22. George Ford

23. Robbie Fruean

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