Bath Rugby travel to The Stoop to face Harlequins in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup. Here’s a closer look at our domestic rivals…
Ground – The Stoop (14,800)
Head of Rugby – Paul Gustard
Gallagher Premiership finish 2018/19 – Fifth
Heineken Challenge Cup 2018/19 – Semi-finals
Clermont Auvergne (A) - 53-21 (L)
Worcester Warriors (H) - 14-19 (L)
Northampton Saints (A) - 40-22 (L)
ONES TO WATCH
Brown holds the record of the most appearances in the professional era, with 326 to his name in a distinguished career.
A dependable figure at full-back, Brown has won 72 England caps since his international debut in 2007.
The 34 year-old is a willing runner and strong under the high ball, making him a serious threat to opposition teams.
Care has spent the last 13 years with Harlequins making over 250 appearances for the club.
The vastly experienced scrum-half is a key cog in Paul Gustard’s squad and is well known for his sniping runs and his game management skills.
Capped 84 times by England, the 32 year old has frequently shown his killer instinct crossing the whitewash 80 times for the Twickenham-based side – an average of a try in just over three games.
Marler is nearing 200 appearances for Paul Gustard’s team since making his debut in the 2009/10 season.
A charistmatic figure off the field, Marler is an accomplished presence on the field too. A powerful scrummager and strong defensively, the x year-old remains one of the country’s leading looseheads.
Marler announced his retirement from international duty after winning 59 caps for England. However, he reversed his decision to help England to the Rugby World Cup Final in Japan.
March 2nd 2019
Bath Rugby (16) 29
Tries: Joseph, Catt, Batty Cons: Priestland 1 Pens: Priestland 4
Harlequins (21) 31
Tries: Robshaw, Marchant (2), Dombrandt, Earle Cons: Lang 3
Bath Rugby: Burns; McConnochie, Joseph, Roberts, Vuna; Priestland, Chudley (capt); Catt, Dunn, Thomas, Attwood, Stooke, Grant, Louw, Mercer.
Replacements: Batty, Obano, Perenise, Douglas, Reid, Fotuali'i, Willison, Homer.
Harlequins: Brown; Earle, Marchant, Tapuai, R Chisholm; Lang, Mulchrone; Boyce, Elia, Collier, Symons, Horwill (oo-capt), Glynn, Robshaw (co-capt), Dombrandt.
Replacements: Ward, Marler, Ibuanokpe, Merrick, Clifford, Lewis, Smith, Saili.
WORD FROM THE HARLEQUINS CAMP
“We have had a good week training and put the result from last week behind us. The boys have shown great character and togetherness and are looking forward to playing on Saturday as we welcome Champions Cup rugby back to The Stoop. We have mixed up our training week and changed a few things around which has been aided by the return of big Sink (Kyle Sinckler) and Joe Marler. They are two big personalities whom are both well-loved at the Club, and it’s great to see them around the facility once more.
“We know Saturday represents an opportunity to put our learnings into practice against a strong Bath team and put together a performance we can be proud of.”
Bath Rugby return to the Rec next Friday, as the Blue, Black and White host reigning Gallagher Premiership champions Saracens. Limited tickets are available online here, or by calling the Ticket Office on 01225 536 900. A range of hospitality packages are also on sale by calling the team on 01225 325 200 (option 1).