De Glanville returns for West Country derby

7 May 2021

Tom de Glanville will make his return from injury when Bath Rugby take on Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

The homegrown full-back is selected in the 15 jersey meaning a switch to the wing for Anthony Watson who was named in the British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa on Thursday.

Watson is joined on the Lions’ 37-man list by Taulupe Faletau. The Wales international switches from blindside flanker to Number 8 in a back row containing Academy graduates Josh Bayliss and Miles Reid.

Max Clark comes into the centre with the rest of the backline unchanged from the Challenge Cup semi-final.

A replacement against Montpellier, Elliott Stooke partners captain Josh McNally in the boiler while the front row is unchanged.

On the bench, Tom Ellis is set for his 100th Bath Rugby appearance. Another from the pathway, the 26-year-old made his debut for the club in 2014 and has been a consistent performer in Blue, Black and White ever since.

Fly-half Rhys Priestland is also in the matchday 23. It is the first time the Welshman has featured since the middle of March.

Bath Rugby side to play Bristol Bears

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Max Clark, 12. Cameron Redpath, 11. Will Muir, 10. Orlando Bailey, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Juan Schoeman, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Josh McNally ©, 5. Elliott Stooke 6. Josh Bayliss, 7. Miles Reid, 8. Taulupe Faletau


16. Jacques du Toit, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Tom Ellis, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Alex Gray

The visitors

15. Charles Piutau, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Max Malins, 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua ©, 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes


16. Jake Kerr, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. John Afoa, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua


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