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Houston returns for Chiefs encounter

The returning Leroy Houston is one of six changes to the Bath Rugby side to face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park tomorrow in Round Two of the LV= Cup (k.o. 16.30).

Number eight Houston is the single change to the back row, with David Sisi moving to the blindside and Max Northcote-Green – who last week scored a brace of tries against London Welsh – at openside.

Dominic Day is back in the fold following injury, partnering captain Charlie Ewels in the second row. Only hooker Ross Batty remains from last week's front row, as England international Henry Thomas comes in at tighthead and England Saxon Nathan Catt packs down at loosehead.

Scrum-half Micky Young steps up from last Saturday's bench to partner fly-half Gavin Henson. Young and Richard Lane are the only changes to Bath's backs, with the latter replacing Horacio Agulla (away on international duty) on the left wing.

On the opposite wing is Olly Woodburn, another tryscorer against London Welsh, with Luke Arscott playing at fullback against his old side. Ollie Devoto and Matt Banahan continue their midfield partnership.

The Chiefs, winners of last season's LV= Cup, have proven exciting opposition for Bath Rugby in the past three meetings between the two sides, and tomorrow should prove no different.

Follow @bathrugby for live match updates.

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15 Luke Arscott
14 Olly Woodburn
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Richard Lane
10 Gavin Henson
9 Micky Young

1 Nathan Catt
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Dominic Day
5 Charlie Ewels (c)
6 David Sisi
7 Max Northcote-Green
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Tom Ellis
20 Stuart Hooper
21 Peter Stringer
22 Max Clark
23 George Wacokecoke

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