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Joseph returns for Welford Road trip

Joseph returns for Welford Road trip

Jonathan Joseph returns to the Bath Rugby midfield on Sunday as they take on Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in Round 4 of the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 15:00.

Joseph, who missed out on last weekend’s win over Worcester Warriors, takes his place at outside centre forming a combative partnership with Matt Banahan. The back three are unchanged with Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni out wide and Tom Homer at fullback. Captain George Ford and Kahn Fotuali’i continue their threatening partnership in the halfbacks.

In the forwards, Tom Ellis and Matt Garvey both return from injury to start on the openside and blindside respectively, with Leroy Houston continuing at the base of the scrum.

Charlie Ewels switches to the engine room alongside Dave Attwood, whilst Nathan Catt also comes into the starting line-up alongside Ross Batty and Henry Thomas in the front row.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: ‘’It’s great to have a few guys coming back from injury to start, and the team have prepared really well this week. We know that Leicester are going to be a huge challenge, but we’re excited by that and looking forward to the game.”

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers:

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

1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Henry Thomas
4. Charlie Ewels
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Tom Ellis
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements:
16. Tom Dunn
17. Beno Obano
18. Max Lahiff
19. Elliott Stooke
20. Zach Mercer
21. Will Homer
22. Dan Bowden
23. Jeff Williams

Unavailable for selection: Nick Auterac, Luke Charteris, David Sisi, Max Clark, Rhys Priestland, Chris Cook, David Denton, Taulupe Faletau, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, Jack Walker, Guy Mercer.

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