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Returning England backs boost Bath Rugby for Irish trip

Bath Rugby have been boosted by the return of England backs Kyle Eastmond and Semesa Rokoduguni for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership match against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium (k.o. 15.00).

Inside centre Eastmond starts alongside Jonathan Joseph in the midfield, with Rokoduguni returning at wing opposite number 11 Matt Banahan. Luke Arscott completes the back three at fullback.

Micky Young and Gavin Henson are halfback partners for the fourth time this season. They will play from a platform provided by front row Nathan Catt, Ross Batty and Henry Thomas – all of whom started last weekend’s victory against Newcastle Falcons.

Captain Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day are in the second row together for the first time since the opening match of the season against Sale Sharks. Another first sees blindside Matt Garvey make his first start of 2014/15 following an injury during pre-season. David Sisi is at openside with Leroy Houston continuing at number eight.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Gavin Henson
9 Micky Young

1 Nathan Catt
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 David Sisi
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Carl Fearns
21 Chris Cook
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Olly Woodburn

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