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RUGBY: Trio return for Bath's derby test
12:05pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
ROB Webber, Dave Attwood and Anthony Watson return to the Bath line-up to face west country rivals Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership at the Rec tomorrow (7.45pm).
The trio all make their first appearances since the end of September, Attwood having been released to return to the club after training with England earlier this week.
Webber is joined in the front row by the international duo of Paul James - included in Wales' November Test squad this week - and Anthony Perenise, the versatile Samoa prop shifting back to the tighthead.
Attwood faces his former club and partners captain Stuart Hooper in the second row, while flankers Matt Garvey and Francois Louw are also back in the starting line-up. Carl Fearns continues at number eight.
Scrum-half Peter Stringer combines with fly-half George Ford in the half-backs, as Matt Banahan reverts to the left wing and Semesa Rokoduguni comes back onto the right.
Kyle Eastmond, also released by England, returns to partner Jonathan Joseph in the midfield, with Watson named at full-back.
Tom Savage returns to skipper Gloucester, as they make several changes to the team that started the Heineken Cup defeat to Munster last weekend.
Only six players are retained in the starting line-up from that encounter in Limerick - the front row of Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk and Rupert Harden as well as Jonny May, Ryan Mills and Mike Tindall in the backs.
Freddie Burns and Matt Kvesic were released from England training camp on Wednesday and are named at fly half and openside flanker respectively.
James Simpson-Daniel will make his 183rd Premiership appearance for Gloucester, and overtakes Peter Buxton become Gloucester's top appearance maker.
A handful of tickets remain for tomorrow night’s encounter. call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865.
Bath have also issued travel advice ahead of the match, a club statement saying: "The club would like to advise all supporters travelling into the city for the match to use public transport, where possible.
"With a large volume of supporters expected in the city around rush hour, to help minimise disruption and ensure everyone arrives safely, we have been advised by Bath and North East Somerset Council that park and rRide buses into the city will operate every 15 minutes and last buses to all sites will run until 11.15pm.
"Supporters are also advised to travel by train. Should you need to travel by car, please allow extra time for your journey.
Bath: 15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Kyle Eastmond, 11. Matt Banahan, 10. George Ford, 9. Peter Stringer, 1. Paul James, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Anthony Perenise, 4. Stuart Hooper (capt), 5. Dave Attwood, 6. Matt Garvey, 7. Francois Louw, 8. Carl Fearns.
Replacements: 16. Ross Batty 17. Nathan Catt 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi 19. Will Spencer 20. Alafoti Fa’osiliva 21. Martin Roberts 22. Gavin Henson 23. Horacio Agulla.
Gloucester: Rob Cook; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Ryan Mills, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Tom Savage (capt), Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, James Gibbons, Will James, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Charlie Sharples, Akapusi Qera.
MORE BUILD-UP TO TOMORROW'S MATCH IN TOMORROW'S WILTSHIRE TIMES AND READ A REPORT & REACTION FROM THE GLOUCESTER MATCH AT WILTSHIRETIMES.CO.UK/SPORT
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