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RUGBY: Louw to captain Bath in Agen
12:08pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in Sport
FRANCOIS Louw will captain Bath in the Amlin Challenge Cup tomorrow as they take on SU Agen in France (8.45pm local time).
It will be the South African’s first appearance since the opening game of the season, following his call-up to represent the Springboks in the Rugby Championship.
Louw leads a more familiar line-up to that which secured a bonus=point victory over Bucharest Wolves last weekend.
He is joined in the back row by Will Skuse and Ben Skirving at openside flanker and number eight respectively.
Dominic Day returns to the starting line-up in place of Will Spencer, who picked up a knock in Romania, where he partners Dave Attwood in the second row.
Lee Mears starts at hooker, with Paul James and David Wilson at either side.
Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald renew their half-back partnership, while Ben Williams and Dan Hipkiss line-up in the centres. Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond are out wide on the wings, with Nick Abendanon returning at full-back.
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. Francois Louw (capt), 7. Will Skuse, 8. Ben Skirving.
Replacements: 16. Will Tanner, 17. Nathan Catt, 18. Anthony Perenise, 19. Guy Mercer, 20. Josh Ovens, 21. Mark McMillan, 22. Sam Vesty, 23. Olly Woodburn.
CAPTAIN LOUW PREVIEWS THE AGEN CLASH AT WILTSHIRETIMES.CO.UK/SPORT TODAY, PLUS NEWS FROM TOMORROW NIGHT'S MATCH AT TOMORROW AND MORE BATH RUGBY NEWS, PLUS STEVE OJOMOH'S WEEKLY RUGBY COLUMN IN FRIDAY'S WILTSHIRE TIMES
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