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Houston back in Bath Rugby starting line-up

Leroy Houston returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow as they take on Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground in the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 15:00.

Houston, who arrived back at the Club this week on a short-term contract, takes his place at number eight, with Charlie Ewels and David Sisi on the flanks either side of him. Luke Charteris and Dave Attwood continue their partnership in the engine room, whilst Henry Thomas makes his come back from injury alongside Ross Batty and Nick Auterac up front.

In the backs, Dan Bowden makes his first appearance of the season at 12, partnering Matt Banahan in the centre. Anthony Watson is named on the left wing with double try-scorer against Newcastle, Semesa Rokoduguni, on the right. Tom Homer is at fullback, with George Ford and Kahn Fotulai’i continuing their successful combination in the half-backs.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “Leroy has been fantastic since he arrived. We’ve slotted him into a young back row to give us some experience and grunt from the base of the scrum. We’re looking forward to seeing how Dan Bowden, Anthony Watson and Henry Thomas go as they return from injury, and also how Matt Banahan goes at outside centre.

“Obviously we were really pleased with the result against Newcastle last weekend, but we’ve not got carried away this week. There is still lots for us to work on, and the squad have applied themselves really well as we’ve prepared for the visit of Worcester.”

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game against Worcester – book yours online now at bathrugby.com, over the phone on 0844 448 1865 or in person at the Ticket Office.

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Tom Homer
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Dan Bowden
11. Anthony Watson
10. George Ford ( c )
9. Kahn Fotulai’i

1. Nick Auterac
2. Ross Batty
3. Henry Thomas
4. Luke Charteris
5. Dave Attwood
6. Charlie Ewels
7. David Sisi
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Elliott Stooke
20. Zach Mercer
21. Will Homer
22. Aled Brew
23. Jeff Williams

Unavailable for selection: Max Clark, Chris Cook, David Denton, Tom Ellis, Taulupe Faletau, Matt Garvey, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, Guy Mercer, Rhys Priestland, Jack Walker, David Wilson.

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