Williams replaces injured Banahan for Bath Rugby's clash with Northampton
Bath Rugby have made two changes to the side that beat London Wasps last Saturday as they prepare to face Northampton Saints at The Rec tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Paul James comes in at loosehead, with Nathan Catt switching to the bench. and joins Lee Mears and David Wilson in the front row.
The other change comes in the centres, where Ben Williams comes in for the injured Matt Banahan. Williams starts at inside centre, with Dan Hipkiss outside him, as Olly Barkley and Michael Claassens are once again selected in the half-back positions.
Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond, who both crossed the try line last weekend in the victory over Wasps, are named on the wings.
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With both teams unbeaten so far and looking to take over the the top of the early Aviva Premiership table, head coach Gary Gold is predicting a stern test for his men.
He said: “Northampton are a very strong side, who have made a good start to the competition. We all know about their strength in the forwards but they also back that up with some hugely skilful backs who can attack from anywhere on the field.
“We were pleased with the performance against Wasps, but know there is still more we can do to improve and we have been working hard on this.
"It’s these big games that you want to be involved in – as a player and as a coach – and whilst it will be a big challenge for us tomorrow night, we are looking forward to it.”
Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints:
15 Nick Abendanon
14 Kyle Eastmond
13 Dan Hipkiss
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Olly Barkley
9 Michael Claassens
1 Paul James
2 Lee Mears
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Simon Taylor
7 Carl Fearns
8 Ben Skirving
16 Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18 Anthony Perenise
19 Dave Attwood
20 Josh Ovens
21 Mark McMillan
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Jack Cuthbert