Four of Bath Rugby’s international contingent have returned to play against London Irish in Round 17 of the Gallagher Premiership.
England hooker Tom Dunn is back in the number two jersey for his hometown club while Scotland trio Josh Bayliss, Cameron Redpath and Ruaridh McConnochie are named at Number 8, inside centre and wing respectively.
After making his comeback against Sale Sharks last time out, Beno Obano earns his first start since the opening day of the season while Sam Underhill is promoted from the bench.
Piers Francis returns at fly-half to complete the changes to the starting XV.
Elsewhere, D’Arcy Rae, Dave Attwood and Josh McNally continue in the pack while Miles Reid switches to blindside flanker.
Ben Spencer captains the side from scrum-half and Jonathan Joseph retains the outside centre slot with Joe Cokanasiga and Matt Gallagher named in the back three.
On the bench, Will Stuart and Quinn Roux are selected following spells on the sideline with injury.
Bath Rugby team to play London Irish
Bath Rugby: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Ruaridh McConnochie, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Beno Obano, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 D’Arcy Rae, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Josh McNally, 6 Miles Reid, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Josh Bayliss
Impact players: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Valeriy Morozov, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Fergus Lee-Warner, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Chris Cloete
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Every year, the Bath Rugby Foundation works with around 4,000 youngsters who’ve had the toughest start in life. The programmes focus on key areas of need in the community – Education, Inclusion and Employability. The children the foundation work with are born into poverty, have a Special Educational Need or Disability, or are excluded because of their race or gender.
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London Irish: 15 James Stokes, 14 Lucio Cinti, 13 Benhard van Rensburg, 12 Rory Jennings, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Joe Powell; 1 Facundo Gigena, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Oliver Hoskins, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 5 Rob Simmons, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Tom Pearson, 8 Matt Rogerson (c)
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Tarek Haffar, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 Josh Caulfield, 20 Chandler Cunningham-South, 21 Ben White, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 Will Joseph
LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN!
We are close to a sold-out Rec!
Fewer than 250 tickets remain for the Blue, Black and White’s match against London Irish on Saturday (kick-off 15:00)!
Tickets are priced from £25 for adults and £15 for juniors. Students can also attend for £20!