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Internationals return for Bath Rugby

2 December 2016

Five of Bath Rugby’s international contingent have returned to the starting line-up for their Aviva Premiership match-up with Saracens tomorrow at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 12:15.

Dave Attwood, Luke Charteris, Taulupe Faletau, Kahn Fotauli’i and Semesa Rokoduguni all start for the West Country side tomorrow after their international appearances with England, Wales and Samoa.

Rokoduguni takes his place on the right wing, with Aled Brew named on the left. Ben Tapuai and Max Clark maintain their midfield partnership, with Tom Homer continuing at fullback. Fotuali’i joins Dan Bowden in the half-backs.

Max Lahiff comes in on the tighthead alongside Tom Dunn at hooker and Nathan Catt at loosehead, with the international duo of Charteris and Attwood combining to provide the power from the second row. Faletau comes in at number eight for his third appearance in the Blue, Black and White, with Matt Garvey shifting to the blindside and Tom Ellis remaining on the openside.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, is looking forward to the game. “We’re excited to get out and play tomorrow. We’ve prepared well this week, the boys have worked really hard and it should be a great contest right across the park.

“It’s been great having the international guys available for the game – they give us a bit of extra experience in key positions which always comes in handy!”

Unavailable for selection: Matt Banahan, Chris Cook, David Denton, Robbie Fruean, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Rhys Priestland, David Sisi, Elliott Stooke, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson.

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Dan Bowden

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff

4. Luke Charteris

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Paul Grant

20. Zach Mercer

21. Darren Allinson

22. Adam Hastings

23. Jack Wilson

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