RUGBY: Abendanon back for Bath

Nick Abendanon

Nick Abendanon

First published in Sport

NICK Abendanon comes in at full-back for Bath's trip to Aviva Premiership champions Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday (2pm).

Abendanon, who was linked with a move to Clermont Auvergne by reports in France today, comes in at number 15, with in-form youngster Anthony Watson shifting to the right wing.

Former Tigers ace Horacio Agulla takes a spot on the bench, while the midfield partnership of Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Eastmond is selected again.

Matt Banahan continues on the left wing while George Ford and Peter Stringer will reunite at half-back, Martin Roberts moving on to the bench.

The pack remains unchanged from the unit that faced Northampton last week, with an all-international front row of Paul James, Rob Webber and Anthony Perenise.

Dave Attwood will again partner skipper Stuart Hooper at lock as Matt Garvey, Francois Louw and Carl Fearns make up the back row.

The Rec Clubhouse will be open to supporters for the match. Doors open at 1pm.

Bath: 15. Nick Abendanon 14. Anthony Watson 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 (captain) 5. Dave Attwood 6. Matt Garvey 7. Francois Louw 8. Carl Fearns.

Replacements: 16. Eusebio Guinazu 17. Nathan Catt 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi 19. Dominic Day 20. Leroy Houston 21. Martin Roberts 22. Ollie Devoto 23. Horacio Agulla.


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