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Six starting debuts in line-up for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby has named a starting XV that will see six players make their starting debut for the West Country side against Leicester Tigers in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the Recreation Ground tomorrow evening, with a further three in line to make their first Club appearance from the bench.

Alex Humfrey, Darren Atkins and Jack Wilson will all make their full debuts, with Beno Obano, Shaun Knight and Levi Douglas all named in the pack for their first starts for Bath.

Obano and Knight scrum down in the front row either side of Michael van Vuuren at hooker, and Humfrey has the more experienced Elliott Stooke alongside him. Guy Mercer leads the side from the openside, as Douglas and Zach Mercer complete the pack on the blindside and at number eight respectively.

Pacy Atkins takes his place at fullback and new arrival Wilson will line-up on the left wing. Jeff Williams is named on the right wing and Dan Bowden and Aled Brew form a new midfield partnership. Adam Hastings and Will Homer will be orchestrating proceedings in the half-backs.

On the bench, hooker Gabriel Oghre, back row Josh Bayliss and scrum-half Darren Allinson (on loan from London Irish) could make their senior bow.

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Darren Atkins
14. Jeff Williams
13. Aled Brew
12. Dan Bowden
11. Jack Wilson
10. Adam Hastings
9. Will Homer

1. Beno Obano
2. Michael van Vuuren
3. Shaun Knight
4. Elliott Stooke
5. Alex Humfrey
6. Levi Douglas
7. Guy Mercer ( c )
8. Zach Mercer

Replacements
16. Gabriel Oghre
17. Max Lahiff
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Tom Ellis
20. Josh Bayliss
21. Darren Allinson
22. Rhys Priestland
23. Rory Jennings

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