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Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate on Sunday, kick-off 13:00.

The centre returns to domestic action to take his place in the midfield alongside Ben Tapuai, who makes his comeback after missing last weekend’s 22-12 win against Harlequins.

Semesa Rokoduguni, who is the top try scorer for Bath in the competition with nine lines up on the right wing, with Harry Davies on the left and Tom Homer making his 50th appearance for the Club at fullback.

Following a 17-point haul against Quins, co-captain Rhys Priestland will aim to continue his recent run of form at fly-half alongside Chris Cook, who comes into the side to complete the half-back combination.

Beno Obano will make his starting debut in the Aviva Premiership with Ross Batty and Max Lahiff completing a physically imposing front row. Elliott Stooke and Charlie Ewels are the second row pairing for the Club’s fourth meeting of the season against their local rivals.

Tom Ellis, David Denton and Paul Grant will be looking to make an impact from the back row, with the Club targeting a third successive win in the competition.

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Matt Banahan, Aled Brew, Nathan Catt, Luke Charteris, Tom Dunn, Taulupe Faletau, Kahn Fotuali’i, George Ford, Robbie Fruean, Matt Garvey, Francois Louw, Henry Thomas, Jack Walker, Anthony Watson, Jeff Williams, Jack Wilson.

Bath Rugby team to face Bristol Rugby

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Harry Davies

10. Rhys Priestland (co-capt)

9. Chris Cook

1. Beno Obano

2. Ross Batty

3. Max Lahiff

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Charlie Ewels (co-capt)

6. Tom Ellis

7. David Denton

8. Paul Grant

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Darryl Marfo

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Levi Douglas

20. Guy Mercer

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Max Clark

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