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RUGBY: Sisi handed first Bath start
12:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in Sport
FLANKER David Sisi will make his first start for Bath tomorrow night when they take on Leicester Tigers in the final group match of the LV= Cup at Welford Road (7.45pm).
Sisi starts on the blindside, with Alafoti Fa’osiliva and Leroy Houston joining him in the back row.
Stuart Hooper returns at lock to captain the side, alongside Dominic Day.
In the front row, Charlie Beech gets his first start of the season at loosehead prop, Ross Batty is at hooker and Juan Pablo Orlandi continues at tighthead.
Academy back Ollie Devoto is given the nod at fly-half with the experienced Peter Stringer joining him in the half-backs.
The backline sees only two changes from that which dispatched Cardiff Blues last weekend, as Gavin Henson is named at inside centre to partner Matt Banahan in the midfield and Nick Abendanon returns at full-back.
Flyers Tom Biggs and Richard Lane keep their places on the wings.
Bath: 15. Nick Abendanon 14. Richard Lane 13. Matt Banahan 12. Gavin Henson 11. Tom Biggs 10. Ollie Devoto 9. Peter Stringer 1. Charlie Beech 2. Ross Batty 3. Juan Pablo Orlandi 4. Stuart Hooper (captain) 5. Dominic Day 6. David Sisi 7. Alafoti Fa’osiliva 8. Leroy Houston.
Replacements: 16. Rob Webber 17. Anthony Perenise 18. Kane Palma-Newport 19. Ryan Caldwell 20. Carl Fearns 21. Francois Louw 22. Martin Roberts 23. Olly Woodburn.
HEAR FROM SISI ABOUT HIS COMEBACK FROM INJURY AND MORE BATH RUGBY NEWS & REACTION IN THE WILTSHIRE TIMES, OUT TOMORROW, PLUS NEWS FROM THE LEICESTER GAME AT WILTSHRIETIMES.CO.UK/SPORT TOMORROW
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