TOP BAR - Fixtures

Ewels to make 50th appearance for Bath Rugby at The Clash

Ewels to make 50th appearance for Bath Rugby at The Clash

Charlie Ewels will make his 50th appearance for Bath Rugby, as the Club host Leicester Tigers in The Clash at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 14:00.

Ewels will be joined in the second row by Elliott Stooke, with co-captain Francois Louw returning from injury to take his place at openside flanker. The South African international will be a part of a back row trio that includes Tom Ellis and Taulupe Faletau, who scored two tries in Bath’s 34-20 victory over Brive last weekend.

Ross Batty is the only change in the front row coming back into the side at hooker. The 29-year-old will be supported either side by Nathan Catt and Kane Palma-Newport.

George Ford returns at fly-half to co-captain the side and will look to influence proceedings alongside Kahn Fotuali’i, who continues at scrum-half.

Matt Banahan switches from inside centre to the left wing, with Semesa Rokoduguni, who celebrated his 50th try for the Club last Saturday, starting in the number 14 shirt.

In the midfield, Ben Tapuai and Jonathan Joseph will join forces at inside and outside centre respectively, as Bath look to break back into the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Ross Batty, Aled Brew, Luke Charteris, Harry Davies, Tom Dunn, Robbie Fruean, Matt Garvey, Rory Jennings, Max Lahiff, Henry Thomas, Michael van Vuuren, Jack Walker, Jeff Williams.

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ben Tapuai
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford (co-capt)
9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Charlie Ewels
5. Elliott Stooke
6. Tom Ellis
7. Francois Louw (co-capt)
8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Chris Brooker
17. Beno Obano
18. Shaun Knight
19. David Denton
20. Zach Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Rhys Priestland
23. Tom Homer

To get all the latest news from Premiership Rugby sign up to our Newsletter