RUGBY: Rokoduguni to make Bath bow

Josh Ovens starts for Bath tomorrow

Josh Ovens starts for Bath tomorrow

First published in Sport News

RECENT signing Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first team debut as Bath face Newport Gwent Dragons at the Recreation Ground in the first match of the LV= Cup tomorrow (2.15pm).

Rokoduguni starts on the left wing, with Olly Woodburn making his first senior appearance of the season on the right.

Matt Banahan and Dan Hipkiss combine in the centres once more, with Ollie Devoto starting at full-back for the first time.

Tom Heathcote and Mark McMillan form a new half-back partnership, both also making their first starts of the season.

Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise scrum down either side of Brett Sharman, making his first start for the club at hooker, while the returning Stuart Hooper and Will Spencer link up in the second row.

Simon Taylor is back at number eight, as Guy Mercer and Broughton Gifford's Josh Ovens fill the flanker roles.

There is a notable return from injury for Ryan Caldwell who starts on the bench, with Ken Dowding and Luke Adamson, on loan from Bridgend and Salford Reds respectively, also named as replacements.

Bath: 15 Ollie Devoto, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Semesa Rokoduguni, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Mark McMillan, 1 Charlie Beech, 2 Brett Sharman, 3 Anthony Perenise, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 5 Will Spencer, 6 Josh Ovens, 7 Guy Mercer, 8 Simon Taylor.

Replacements: 16 Will Tanner, 17 Ken Dowding, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Ryan Caldwell, 20 Will Skuse, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Luke Adamson, 23 Richard Lane.

NEWS FROM BATH'S CLASH AGAINST THE DRAGONS TOMORROW AT WILTSHRIETIMES.CO.UK/SPORT AND REACTION AND MORE BATH NEWS IN NEXT FRIDAY'S WILTSHIRE TIMES

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