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Bath Rugby make two changes for their trip to the Ricoh Arena

Bath Rugby have named their team to face Wasps for the Club’s maiden visit to the Ricoh Arena this Saturday (k.o. 14:00).

After edging an intense encounter against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership opener last weekend, Bath make only two changes for tomorrow's match: Ollie Devoto comes in at outside centre to make his 70th Club appearance, and Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu makes his first Aviva Premiership start.
 
Bath's back three features fullback Tom Homer and wings Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni (making his 60th appearance for Bath). In the midfield, Devoto lines up outside Kyle Eastmond at 12, with half-backs George Ford and Matawalu starting together for the first time.
 
The pack is unchanged from that which proved so crucial in defeating Exeter in the opening round of the Premiership. Nick Auterac, Ross Batty and Henry Thomas in the front row are bolstered by the lock pairing of captain Stuart Hooper (Bath's tryscorer last weekend) and Dave Attwood. Blindside Matt Garvey, openside Alafoti Faosiliva and number eight Leroy Houston comprise the back row.
 
New signing Rhys Priestland is in line to make his first appearance for Bath from the bench, with fellow Wales international Dom Day also among the replacements following both players' recent World Cup campaign. Meanwhile, Sam Burgess is rested for this weekend's match.
 
Bath Rugby team to face Wasps
 
15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Ollie Devoto
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston
 
 Replacements

 
16 Rob Webber
17 Max Lahiff
18 Dave Wilson
19 Dom Day
20 Guy Mercer
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Matt Banahan

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