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International trio return for Bath Rugby

Anthony Watson

Bath Rugby will welcome back international trio Luke Charteris, Taulupe Faletau and Anthony Watson for the visit of Wasps to the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 15:00.

Watson, who has been away with the England squad for the RBS 6 Nations returns to take his place on the left wing, with Semesa Rokoduguni on the right and Tom Homer continuing at fullback.

Max Clark will link up with Ben Tapuai in the midfield, whilst Chris Cook and Adam Hastings form a new half-back combination against the Aviva Premiership leaders.

After featuring for Wales against Scotland on Saturday, Faletau is back in domestic action at number eight, with Tom Ellis and David Denton completing the back row. Faletau’s compatriot Charteris is also back in the fold as the Welsh international lines up alongside captain Charlie Ewels in the second row.

The front three of Nathan Catt, Ross Batty and Max Lahiff will be looking to assert their authority on the scrum, as the team look to maintain their place in the top four.

Former Osprey Kristian Phillips, who is on trial with the Club, could make his first appearance from the replacements.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “I’ve been really impressed with the way the squad has responded after last week. There has been a real intensity and focus in training, which I’ve no doubt they’ll bring to the game tomorrow.

“Wasps have been in really good form this season, but we’ve shown that we can mix it with the best in the competition and I know we have what it takes match them across the park.

“Unfortunately, we’ve lost Rhys to a pec injury, but we’re hoping that he’ll be back in the frame in a few weeks. However, it presents an opportunity for Adam to show what he can do at 10 and I’m sure he’ll be looking to make the most of it.”

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Matt Banahan, Aled Brew, Tom Dunn, George Ford, Kahn Fotuali’i, Robbie Fruean, Matt Garvey, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Rhys Priestland, Henry Thomas, Jack Walker, Jeff Williams, Jack Wilson.

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15. Tom Homer
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Max Clark
12. Ben Tapuai
11. Anthony Watson
10. Adam Hastings
9. Chris Cook

1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Max Lahiff
4. Luke Charteris
5. Charlie Ewels (capt)
6. Tom Ellis
7. David Denton
8. Taulupe Faletau


16. Michael van Vuuren
17. Beno Obano
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Elliott Stooke
20. Zach Mercer
21. Will Homer
22. Rory Jennings
23. Kristian Phillips

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