Watson, Joseph and Underhill amongst 10 changes for London Irish clash

20 December 2019

Bath Rugby make 10 changes to the starting line-up following the Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Clermont Auvergne, as the Blue, Black and White return to Gallagher Premiership action against London Irish on Sunday (kick-off 15:00, live on BT Sport).

Anthony Watson returns to the starting line-up following an injury, picked up in the Heineken Champions Cup match against Harlequins in November, whilst Semesa Rokoduguni also joins his fellow England international on the wide channels. Tom Homer retains his place at full-back.

Jonathan Joseph returns to the fold and joins Jamie Roberts in midfield, with Will Chudley and Rhys Priestland returning to create a new half-back partnership. 

Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Will Stuart come into the front row, whilst McNally joins Elliott Stooke, who will make his 100th Club appearance, at second row. 

Tom Ellis shuffles to 6 with the returning Sam Underhill, who comes into the back row at blindeside to replace Mike Williams whilst Josh Bayliss retains his spot at No.8.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish:

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Anthony Watson

10. Rhys Priestland (C)

9. Will Chudley

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Will Stuart

4. Josh McNally

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Tom Ellis

7. Sam Underhill

8. Josh Bayliss


16. Jack Walker, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Matt Garvey, 20. Rhys Davies, 21. Chris Cook, 22. Freddie Burns, 23. Aled Brew

London Irish v Bath Rugby

Madejski Stadium, 3pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Karl Dickson

Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Jonathan Healy

TMO: Sean Davey

Citing Officer: Buster White

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