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Max Green and Jackson Willison amongst 14 changes for Harlequins tie

9 January 2020

Bath Rugby name 14 changes to the starting XV following last week’s defeat to Gloucester Rugby, as the side return to European Cup action against Harlequins on Friday evening (kick-off 19:45, Live on BT Sport 2).

Anthony Watson moves from the wide channels to full-back and will captain the Blue, Black and White for the first time, replacing Tom Homer in the backfield.

Notable returns to the side sees Jackson Willison and Max Green make their first appearances after returning from injury.

Green replaces Chris Cook and will make his first appearance since the win over Worcester Warriors at the Rec in the Premiership Rugby Cup in September 2019, whilst Willison comes into midfield for Jamie Roberts and will make his first European appearance of the season. 

Max Wright will join Willison in commanding the midfield, whilst Freddie Burns will make his third consecutive European start in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Youngster Gabe Hamer-Webb replaces Semesa Rokoduguni and Aled Brew moves into the vacant spot on the wing.

The front row changes in its entirety with Lewis Boyce, Jack Walker and Christian judge replacing Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Will Stuart respectively.

Matt Garvey will start at lock after making his return from a long-term injury in the reverse fixture against Harlequins at the Stoop, and the towering forward is partnered by Rhys Davies.

Tom Ellis starts at blindside and is joined by Mike Williams on the openside, with Josh Bayliss completing the forward pack at No. 8.

Bath Rugby side to face Harlequins:

15. Anthony Watson (C)

14. Gabe Hamer-Webb

13. Max Wright

12. Jackson Willison

11. Aled Brew

10. Freddie Burns

9. Max Green

1. Lewis Boyce

2. Jack Walker

3. Christian Judge

4. Matt Garvey

5. Rhys Davies 

6. Tom Ellis

7. Mike Williams

8. Josh Bayliss

Replacements

16. Ross Batty, 17. Lucas Noguera, 18. Sam Nixon, 19. Levi Douglas, 20. Nahum Merigan, 21. Ollie Fox. 22. Alex Davies, 23. Tom de Glanville

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