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Devoto and Stringer in line for 50th against Quins

Devoto and Stringer in line for 50th against Quins

Ollie Devoto and Peter Stringer are set to make their 50th appearances for Bath Rugby against Harlequins tomorrow night at the Recreation Ground (k.o. 19.45), whilst named among the replacements is Sam Burgess, who could make his first appearance in competitive rugby union.

21-year-old Devoto starts at fly-half in the Aviva Premiership Round 9 match, whilst scrum-half Stringer will hope to reach the milestone from the replacements' bench.  Devoto, who was an Academy player last season, made his senior debut in 2012 in answer to an injury crisis amongst the Bath backs. He has since thrived at fly-half, in the centres and at fullback.

Chris Cook, a tryscorer in last week's victory against London Irish, starts at nine. On the wings are Matt Banahan and Semesa Rokoduguni, with Gavin Henson appearing at fullback at the Rec for the first time since Bath defeated Saracens in October. Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph will set pulses racing in the midfield as they seek to add to their collective tally of nine tries this season.

In the front row, Nick Auterac takes his place at loosehead, with Ross Batty and Citizen Try of the Week nominee Henry Thomas at hooker and tighthead respectively. Captain Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day continue at second row.

Blindside Matt Garvey starts his second game this season, featuring in the back row alongside two big carriers in openside David Sisi and number eight Leroy Houston.

Fresh from their international campaigns with Argentina and Wales, Horacio Agulla and Paul James are included on the bench.

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15 Gavin Henson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Ollie Devoto
9 Chris Cook

1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 David Sisi
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Paul James
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Carl Fearns
21 Peter Stringer
22 Sam Burgess
23 Horacio Agulla

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