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Eastmond and Hooper back for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are boosted by the return from injury of key players for tomorrow night’s match against London Irish at the Rec, kick-off 19.45.

Captain Stuart Hooper and inside centre Kyle Eastmond have both recovered to take part in the Club's penultimate home match of the regular season.

Paul James, Rob Webber and Kane Palma-Newport make up the front row, with Hooper and Dominic Day in the second row.

Meanwhile, Sam Burgess starts his second Aviva Premiership match at blindside flanker, with openside Francois Louw and number eight Leroy Houston alongside him.

Peter Stringer and George Ford are named in the half-backs, and starting in the midfield for the 16th match this season are dynamic duo Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph.

Bath's back three of fullback Anthony Watson and wings Semesa Rokoduguni and Matt Banahan – all of whom scored in Bath's last outing, the 19-29 victory against Newcastle Falcons – will be looking to continue their fine form tomorrow night.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Peter Stringer

1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 Kane Palma-Newport
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Sam Burgess
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Max Lahiff
19 Dave Attwood
20 Matt Garvey
21 Carl Fearns
22 Chris Cook
23 Ollie Devoto

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