Captain Stuart Hooper and Six Nations props return for Bath Rugby
Bath Rugby have made four changes to the side that faced Harlequins two weeks ago as they prepare for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership match at Sale Sharks (8pm).
All four changes come in the pack as test props Paul James and David Wilson return to the front row following the culmination of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, where they are joined by another international, hooker Rob Webber, who comes back into the starting line-up.
Club captain Stuart Hooper returns, with Dominic Day moving to the bench. Hooper partners Dave Attwood, who this week extended his contract at the club, in the second row. The abrasive pairing of Francois Louw and Carl Fearns continue on the flanks, with Ben Skirving again taking his place at the base of the scrum.
Peter Stringer, whose loan deal with Bath will now run until the end of the season, and Tom Heathcote continue to build their half-back partnership, with the backline unchanged.
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Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan link up in the centres, while Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla provide speed, agility and power out wide. Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at full-back.
Bath Rugby are back in action at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, March 30, when they face London Welsh.
Bath Rugby team to play Sale Sharks: Nick Abendanon, Horacio Agulla, Matt Banahan, Kyle Eastmond, Tom Biggs, Tom Heathcote, Peter Stringer; Paul James, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Stuart Hooper (c), Dave Attwood, Francois Louw, Carl Fearns, Ben Skirving.
Replacements: Ross Batty, Nathan Catt, Anthony Perenise, Dominic Day, Mat Gilbert, Michael Claassens, Ollie Devoto, Semesa Rokoduguni.