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RUGBY: Fearns restored to Bath's back row
12:01pm Friday 26th October 2012 in Sport
BACK row Carl Fearen has returned to the Bath side for the Aviva Premiership visit of west country rivals Exeter Chiefs tomorrow (2.30pm).
Freans teams up with Francois Louw and Ben Skirving in the back row, as Dominic Day and Dave Attwood continue as oocks.
Paul James and David Wilson, selected in the Wales and England squads respectively for the autumn internationals, pack down either side of Lee Mears at hooker.
Try scorers against Agen, Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald renew their half-back partnership, while another try scorer from that win, Kyle Eastmond, lines up on the wing with Tom Biggs on the opposite side.
Ben Williams and Dan Hipkiss start in the centres, as Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at full-back.
There are two notable additions to the bench, as club captain Stuart Hooper makes his first appearance since the game against Sale Sharks four weeks ago and Horacio Agulla could make his first appearance for the Club after completing his international duty with Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
Forwards coach Neal Hatley said: "Exeter have had a run of really hard games, and they will be smarting after the two losses in the Heineken Cup and looking to get back on track.
"They work harder for each other than most and get good reward from it. We're under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge that awaits us on Saturday."
Bath: 15. Nick Abendanon, 14. Kyle Eastmond, 13. Dan Hipkiss, 12. Ben Williams, 11. Tom Biggs, 10. Stephen Donald, 9. Michael Claassens, 1. Paul James, 2. Lee Mears, 3. David Wilson, 4. Dominic Day, 5. Dave Attwood, 6. Carl Fearns, 7. Francois Louw (capt), 8. Ben Skirving.
Replacements: 16. Brett Sharman, 17. Nathan Catt, 18. Anthony Perenise, 19. Stuart Hooper, 20. Will Skuse, 21. Mark McMillan, 22. Sam Vesty, 23. Horacio Agulla.
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