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Team News: Bath Rugby fresh-faced for Gloucester encounter

11 September 2015

Bath Rugby's starting team to face Gloucester in this Sunday's West Country Challenge Cup match at the Memorial Stadium (k.o. 15.00) features no fewer than ten current Academy players.

Loosehead Beno Obano makes his first senior start for the Club, in a front row featuring former Academy players Tom Dunn (hooker) and Kane Palma-Newport (tighthead).

Charlie Ewels, who this year captained England to the U20 Six Nations title, leads the side from the second row in partnership with Tom Ellis.

In the back row, openside Max Northcote-Green is joined by number eight and Academy newcomer Zach Mercer, fresh from the England U18 tour to South Africa. Wales age group player Sydney Blackmore packs down on the blindside. 

Adam Hastings, the Scotland U18 fly-half, makes his first senior appearance, playing alongside England U20 scrum-half Will Homer. 

Rory Jennings lines up in all-England U20 midfield with outside centre Max Clark. Shaquille Jack - another to feature in the Singha 7s - is named on the wing opposite another senior debutant, England U18 flyer Darren Atkins. Luke Arscott provides top-flight experience at fullback. 

One of the Club's new recruits, scrum-half Jonathan Evans, is in line to make his first appearance in the Blue, Black and White should he be summoned from the bench. 

Match tickets will be available at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday for cash purchases only.

*Italics denote current and former Bath Rugby Academy players.

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Luke Arscott
14. Darren Atkins
13. Max Clark
12. Rory Jennings
11. Shaquille Jack
10. Adam Hastings
9. Will Homer
1. Beno Obano
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Charlie Ewels (c)
5. Tom Ellis
6. Sydney Blackmore
7. Max Northcote-Green
8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Nick Auterac
18. Jack Edmondson
19. Max Lahiff
20. Matt Garvey
21. Matt Bolwell
22. Jonathan Evans
23. Alex O’Meara

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