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Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Gavin Henson

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO).

Mark Tainton’s men will look to end a three-game losing streak in the Aviva Premiership in front of the largest crowd of the season at Ashton Gate.

Bristol make eight changes from the side that suffered defeat to Leicester Tigers, as Gavin Henson starts at fly half for the first time since October.

Will Hurrell, Tom Varndell and David Lemi return to the backline, while Alby Mathewson is included for his first Premiership start.

In the pack, Marc Jones and Anthony Perenise are recalled, while Ian Evans comes into the second row.

“It promises to be an intense eighty minutes of rugby with both sides throwing everything at each other to achieve the victory.

“With a big, passionate crowd roaring us on, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to play at Ashton Gate,” said Head Coach Mark Tainton.

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on Sunday, 26 February (1pm KO):

15. Jason Woodward; 14. David Lemi, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Tom Varndell; 10. Gavin Henson, 9. Alby Mathewson; 1. Ryan Bevington, 2. Marc Jones, 3. Anthony Perenise, 4. Dan Tuohy, 5. Ian Evans, 6. Mitch Eadie, 7. Jack Lam, 8. Jordan Crane (c).

Replacements: 16. Max Crumpton, 17. Jack O’Connell, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Sam Jeffries, 20. Nick Fenton-Wells, 21. Rhodri Williams, 22. Tusi Pisi, 23. Jack Wallace.

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