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RUGBY: Bath trio handed first starts of season
12:04pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
ROSS Batty, Ollie Devoto and Will Spencer will make their first starts of the Aviva Premiership season as Bath travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Sale Sharks tomorrow (7.45pm).
Batty comes into the front row alongside the international duo of Paul James and David Wilson, while Will Spencer partners club captain Stuart Hooper in the second row.
The back row is unchanged from last weekend's victory over London Irish, as Matt Garvey, two-try Guy Mercer and Leroy Houston complete the scrum.
Peter Stringer and George Ford continue to build their half-back partnership, with Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph linking up in the midfield.
Tom Biggs replaces Matt Banahan on the left wing, as Semesa Rokoduguni lines up on the right.
Devoto, a member of the England U20s Junior World Championship winning side, completes the line-up at full-back.
There are returns on the bench for flanker Carl Fearns and centre Ben Williams, with Gavin Henson also among the substitutes alongside Wiltshire hooker Tom Dunn.
Banahan, Dave Attwood, Rob Webber, Dominic Day, and Anthony Watson all picked up injuries in the game against London Irish and are unavailable for selection.
Bath: 15. Ollie Devoto, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Kyle Eastmond, 11. Tom Biggs, 10. George Ford, 9. Peter Stringer, 1. Paul James, 2. Ross Batty, 3. David Wilson, 4. Stuart Hooper (captain), 5. Will Spencer, 6. Matt Garvey, 7. Guy Mercer, 8. Leroy Houston.
Replacements: 16. Tom Dunn, 17. Anthony Perenise, 18. Kane Palma-Newport, 19. Carl Fearns, 20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva, 21. Martin Roberts, 22. Ben Williams, 23. Gavin Henson.
MIKE FORD AND GUY MERCER PREVIEW TOMORROW NIGHT'S SALE GAME IN TOMORROW'S WILTSHIRE TIMES