Internationals return for Bath Rugby's clash v Exeter Chiefs

5 March 2021

Stuart Hooper welcomes back some of Bath Rugby’s international contingent for Saturday’s visit of Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership (15:00 kick-off, live on BT Sport 2).

Newly-capped England prop Beno Obano returns at loosehead while player of the match for Wales last time out, Taulupe Faletau, is back on the flank.

Sam Underhill has recovered from injury to feature at openside with Zach Mercer, who scored two tries in the victory over Northampton Saints, completing the back row.

Hooker Tom Dunn and tighthead Henry Thomas are reinstated and Josh McNally comes back in to captain the side in the final change to the pack.

In the backs, Ruaridh McConnochie and Will Muir pair up on the wings for the first time since their England Sevens days and are joined in the back three by Tom de Glanville.

The centre partnership of Josh Matavesi and Jonathan Joseph continues with scrum-half Ben Spencer starting at nine alongside recent Premiership record breaker Rhys Priestland.

Joe Cokanasiga is the new addition to the matchday bench and takes the number 23 jersey.

Bath Rugby side to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Ruaridh McConnochie, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Josh Matavesi, 11. Will Muir, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Beno Obano, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Henry Thomas, 4. Josh McNally ©, 5. Elliott Stooke, 6. Toby Faletau, 7. Sam Underhill, 8 Zach Mercer


16. Jack Walker, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Tom Ellis, 20. Miles Reid, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Joe Cokanasiga

The visitors

15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Facundo Cordero, 13. Ian Whitten, 12. Ollie Devoto, 11. Tom O’Flaherty, 10. Joe Simmonds ©, 9. Jack Maunder; 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Jack Innard, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Jonny Gray, 5. Sam Skinner, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 8. Sam Simmonds


16. Elvia Taione, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Sean Lonsdale, 20. Jannes Kirsten, 21. Stu Townsend, 22. Harvey Skinner, 23. Tom Hendrickson


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