All change in the Bath Rugby front row for LV= Cup semi-final showdown at Harlequins
Bath Rugby have named a powerful starting line-up for tomorrow's LV= Cup semi-final clash against Harlequins at The Stoop (12.15pm).
All three of the changes to the side that defeated Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership last Friday come in the front row, with Nathan Catt and Samoan international Anthony Perenise coming in for Paul James and David Wilson - both on RBS 6 Nations duty - and Ross Batty replacing injured hooker Rob Webber.
Wilson has been named on the bench for England's clash with Italy, while James starts for Wales against Scotland.
Dominic Day is again selected alongside Dave Attwood in a heavyweight lock pairing, with Francois Louw leading the team from the blindside. Openside Carl Fearns and number eight Ben Skirving complete the pack from the base of the scrum.
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Tom Heathcote, nominated once again for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award, is partnered by Ireland legend Peter Stringer in the half-backs, while Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla continue on the wings. Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan will look to continue to build their impressive partnership in the midfield, with full-back Nick Abendanon completing the line-up.
Club captain Stuart Hooper is named on the bench after an injury lay-off, while Argentinian international hooker Eusebio Guinazu could make his first appearance in blue, black and white if called upon.
Harlequins, meanwhile, have named 16 players under the age of 23 in their squad.
Ross Chisholm starts at full-back and is joined in the back three by Tom Williams and Sam Smith. Tom Casson partners George Lowe in the centres, while Ben Botica is named at fly-half.
In the forwards, Will Collier starts at tighthead, with Sam Twomey and Charlie Matthews named in the second row.
Captain Luke Wallace starts at openside flanker and is joined in the back row with Maurie Fa’asavalu and Tom Guest.
HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Tom Williams, 13 George Lowe, 12 Tom Casson, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Karl Dickson, 1 Mark Lambert, 2 Rob Buchanan, 3 Will Collier, 4 Sam Twomey, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 7 Luke Wallace (capt), 8 Tom Guest.
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Jordan Burns, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Charlie Walker.
BATH RUGBY: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Peter Stringer, 1 Nathan Catt, 2 Ross Batty, 3 Anthony Perenise, 4 Dominic Day, 5 Dave Attwood, 6 Francois Louw (capt) 7 Carl Fearns, 8 Ben Skirving.
Replacements: 16 Eusebio Guinazu, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni.