Underhill and Faletau return for Bath Rugby against Bristol Bears

4 March 2022

Sam Underhill and Taulupe Faletau will return to the starting XV for Bath Rugby’s West Country clash against Bristol Bears in Round 19 of the Gallagher Premiership. 

Openside flanker Underhill has recovered from illness to feature at seven while Faletau, who starred for Wales at Twickenham last weekend, takes his place at Number 8. 

Josh Bayliss completes the back row and will captain the Blue, Black and Whites in the first match between the two sides at the Rec with supporters for two years.

Also in the forwards, Tom Doughty comes in to start at hooker alongside Valeriy Morozov and D’Arcy Rae with Mike Williams and Ewan Richards completing the pack.

Returning from suspension, Semesa Rokoduguni is back on the wing with Tom de Glanville and Will Butt continuing in the back three.

Max Clark partners Jonathan Joseph in the midfield and Ben Spencer links up with Danny Cipriani at half-back for the second game running. 

On the bench, Orlando Bailey returns to the 23 while Ma’afu Fia could make his home debut.

Unavailable due to injury, loan or international duty: Tom Ellis, Cameron Redpath, Juan Schoeman, Beno Obano, Anthony Watson, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Dunn, Johannes Jonker, Tian Schoeman, Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Ethan Staddon, Josh McNallyMiles Reid, Will Muir, Darren Atkins, Kieran Verden, Max Green, Nathan Hughes, Charlie Ewels and Will Stuart.


The opposition

15 Ioan Lloyd, 14 Siva Naulago, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Antoine Frisch, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Oscar Lennon; 1 Jake Woolmore, 2 Harry Thacker, 3 Jake Armstrong, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Joe Joyce (c), 6 Chris Vui, 7 Jake Heenan, 8 Sam Jeffries


16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Ashley Challenger, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Theo Strang, 22 Tiff Eden, 23 Piers O’Conor





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