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Flying duo return for trip to Donnybrook

Flying duo return for trip to Donnybrook

Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni will make their first start in Bath Rugby’s pre-season campaign against Leinster at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin this Friday (k.o. 19:30).

Watson is deployed at fullback as Rokoduguni lines up on the right wing, whilst fellow wing Jeff Williams retains his place in the starting team for the third consecutive week.

The midfield pairing of Dan Bowden and Max Clark is back, having helped Bath open their pre-season account with a victory against Yorkshire Carnegie a fortnight ago. Also returning for another outing are half-backs Kahn Fotuali’i and Rhys Priestland – at nine and ten respectively – who started in last Saturday’s win against Scarlets in Parc Eirias.

Nick Auterac is named at loosehead, Ross Batty at hooker and Henry Thomas at tighthead. There is an all-international partnership at second row, with Wales’s Luke Charteris and England’s Dave Attwood starting together for the first time.

A strong back row sees Matt Garvey – who dons the captain’s armband – on the blindside, David Denton at openside and Taulupe Faletau at number eight.

The match in Dublin will be Bath’s final pre-season fixture before their Aviva Premiership campaign begins away to Northampton Saints on Saturday 3rd September.

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Max Clark
12 Dan Bowden
11 Jeff Williams
10 Rhys Priestland
9 Kahn Fotuali’i

1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Luke Charteris
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey (c)
7 David Denton
8 Taulupe Faletau
 
 
Replacements
16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Max Lahiff
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Tom Ellis
21 David Sisi
22 Will Homer
23 George Ford 

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