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Priestland to make first Bath Rugby start

Fly-half Rhys Priestland will make his first start for Bath Rugby tomorrow away to London Irish in the Aviva Premiership (kick-off 15:00).

The Welshman comes in alongside scrum-half Chris Cook, who makes his second start of the season. The wings remain unchanged from last weekend’s match in Matt Banahan and Semesa Rokoduguni, as does the centre combination of Kyle Eastmond and Ollie Devoto. At 15, Tom Homer will play against his former club for the first time.
   
Front row trio Nick Auterac, Rob Webber and Henry Thomas start together for the first time since last December’s clinical 16-39 victory against Gloucester at Kingsholm. Captain Stuart Hooper and Dom Day are named in the second row, with Matt Garvey, Alafoti Faosiliva and Leroy Houston forming a powerful ball-carrying back row.
 
On the bench, loosehead prop Nathan Catt is in line to make an eagerly-awaited return from injury, whilst promising Academy forwards Tom Ellis and Max Northcote-Green are also among the replacements.  
 
     
Bath Rugby team to face London Irish
    
15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Ollie Devoto
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Rhys Priestland
9 Chris Cook

1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dom Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston
 
Replacements
 
16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Max Lahiff
19 Tom Ellis
20 Max Northcote-Green
21 Niko Matawalu
22 George Ford
23 Jeff Williams

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