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Banahan to make 200th Club appearance against Tigers

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Matt Banahan will make his 200th Club appearance this Sunday at Welford Road when Bath Rugby take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership (k.o. 15:00).

The Jerseyman, who joined the Club in 2006 and has scored 76 tries since then, will reach this incredible milestone wearing the outside centre jersey, with Kyle Eastmond inside at 12. Argentine wing Horacio Agulla makes his first start of the season, with Semesa Rokoduguni opposite him at 14. Anthony Watson starts at fullback.
 
Scrum-half Niko Matawalu makes his third start of the season, with George Ford at fly-half. Continuing in the front row are Nick Auterac, Ross Batty and Henry Thomas – the trio so crucial to the Champions Cup victory against Leinster last weekend at the Rec.
 
Captain Stuart Hooper is joined at second row by Academy and former England U20 forward Tom Ellis, making the third senior start of his career. The back row of blindside Matt Garvey, openside Francois Louw and number eight Leroy Houston get only the second run-out of the season so far together.
 
Amongst the replacements is new Bath Rugby recruit David Denton, the Scotland back rower, who could make his first appearance for the Club since joining at the beginning of the month.
 
* BT Sport 1 will be live from 2.30pm and this game will be free for everyone to view on BT Sport Showcase.
 
Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers
 
 15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Horacio Agulla
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Tom Ellis
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements
 
16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Max Lahiff
19 David Denton
20 Guy Mercer
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer

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