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RUGBY: Duo handed first Bath starts for Saracens test
12:04pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
MARTIN Roberts and Alafoti Fa’osiliva will make their first Bath in Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash against Saracens at Allianz Park (2pm).
Welshman Roberts links up with Tom Heathcote in an all-international half-back pairing, with the fly-half also making his first appearance of the season, replacing George Ford who is on the bench.
Tom Biggs comes on to the left wing for his first start of the campaign, with Semesa Rokoduguni continuing on the other wing.
Junior World Championship winner Anthony Watson gets his third start at full-back and Wales and British Lions ace Gavin Henson continues at inside centre.
Matt Banahan makes his 100th Premiership appearance, alongside Henson in midfield after scoring from the wing in last weekend's win over Leicester.
Fa’osiliva starts on the blindside flank, with Guy Mercer and Leroy Houston on the openside and at number eight respectively.
Dominic Day is chosen to partner captain Stuart Hooper in the second row, while Anthony Perenise switches sides to pack down on the loosehead with Rob Webber and David Wilson completing the front row.
Wiltshire youngster Tom Dunn is included among the replacements.
Bath: 15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Matt Banahan, 12. Gavin Henson, 11. Tom Biggs, 10. Tom Heathcote, 9. Martin Roberts, 1. Anthony Perenise, 2. Rob Webber, 3. David Wilson, 4. Stuart Hooper (captain), 5. Dominic Day, 6. Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 7. Guy Mercer, 8. Leroy Houston.
Replacements: 16. Tom Dunn, 17. Paul James, 18. Kane Palma-Newport, 19. Dave Attwood, 20. Matt Garvey, 21. Micky Young, 22. George Ford, 23. Jonathan Joseph.
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