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Six Bath Rugby players in Saxons squad

29 January 2015

Six Bath Rugby players feature in the England Saxons squad to take on Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday night, including Sam Burgess, who makes his international rugby union debut. 

Burgess starts at inside centre, with Rob Webber (hooker), Henry Thomas (tighthead) and Matt Garvey (lock) also in the starting line-up. Meanwhile, fellow Bath teammates Carl Fearns and Ollie Devoto are on the replacements bench for what is one of the strongest Saxons sides selected in recent years.

Jon Callard, the Saxons Head Coach, said: "The game tomorrow night against the Wolfhounds will be a difficult and tough match for us but the group is excited about it and the opportunity to put on an England shirt.

"The team is one of the strongest Saxons sides selected and every player knows the importance of this match with potential of claiming a spot in the senior squad for the RBS 6 Nations campaign and the World Cup later in year."

The last time the two sides met on Irish soil, in 2013, the Saxons beat the Wolfhounds 14-10 in Galway but last season's fixture saw the Saxons narrowly lose 14-8 at Kingsholm.

England Saxons team

15 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens)
13 Elliot Daly (Wasps)
12 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby)
11 Marland Yarde (Harlequins)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Lee Dickson, captain (Northampton Saints)
1 Matt Mullan (Wasps)
2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
3 Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby)
4 Matt Garvey (Bath Rugby)
5 James Gaskell (Wasps)
6 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
7 Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements

16 Luke Cowan Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
17 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
18 Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps)
19 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
20 Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby)
21 Joe Simpson (Wasps)
22 Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)
23 Christian Wade (Wasps)

This match will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 HD, Friday 30th January at 7:45pm 

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