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Lewis and Phillips to make Bath Rugby debuts against Bristol

Lewis and Phillips to make Bath Rugby debuts against Bristol

Josh Lewis and James Phillips will make their Bath Rugby debuts in the Club’s first pre-season game against Bristol Rugby at Clifton Rugby Club on Saturday, kick-off 14:30.

Lewis, who joined this summer from Welsh Premiership outfit Ebbw Vale will wear the number 10 jersey, whilst Phillips faces his former club in the second row alongside Elliott Stooke.

Darren Allinson will link up with Lewis in the half-back combination, after re-joining the Club on a permanent contract from London Irish.

Matt Banahan starts his 11th season in the first team on the left wing, with Jack Wilson on the opposite flank and Tom Homer at fullback.

Rory Jennings and Max Clark form a youthful partnership in the centre in the first of three pre-season games before the Aviva Premiership season gets underway next month.

Matt Garvey captains the side at blindside flanker, with World U20 finallists Josh Bayliss and Zach Mercer at number seven and eight respectively.

Nick Auterac and Jack Walker will make their long-awaited returns to first team action, with Shaun Knight completing the front row trio.

Amongst the replacements, Wil Partington could make his first team bow after signing a long-term Academy contract in June.

Phillips said: “It will be a massive game for me playing against my old club, who are close to my heart. Playing for Bath now, I want to lay down a marker and show Todd, the rest of the coaches and the players what I’m about.

“For Bristol, they’ll want to prove to Pat Lam what they’re about, so I think it’s going to be a tough game. Watching where Pat Lam has coached before, his teams like to play with a lot of width. Bristol pride themselves on having a big, strong forward pack. In the scrums and mauls, we’ll have to be right on the money.”

Bath Rugby team to face Bristol Rugby:

15. Tom Homer
14. Jack Wilson
13. Max Clark
12. Rory Jennings
11. Matt Banahan
10. Josh Lewis
9. Darren Allinson

1. Nick Auterac
2. Jack Walker
3. Shaun Knight
4. Elliott Stooke
5. James Phillips
6. Matt Garvey (capt)
7. Josh Bayliss
8. Zach Mercer

Replacements:

16. Nathan Charles (guest player)
17. Beno Obano
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Luke Charteris
20. Guy Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Will Homer
23. Rhys Priestland
24. Harry Davies
25. Wil Partington
26. Darren Atkins
27. Ben Tapuai
28. Levi Davis (guest player)

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