Team Bath looking for home support as they face Durham on first step to Twickenham – come and watch for free!
Team Bath men’s 1st XV are hoping to have a big home crowd behind them when they take their first step on the Twickenham trail tonight as they host Durham in a BUCS Rugby Championship quarter-final (6.30pm, free entry).
The Fulkers-sponsored Blue & Gold, who are also supported by MJ Church, go into the knockout stages on the back of a strong finish to the BUCS Super Rugby league season which saw them win five on the bounce to finish a best-ever third overall.
The only opposition they were unable to beat during the regular season were Durham, so Team Bath know they will face a tough challenge as they look to set up a semi-final showdown against either Hartpury or Northumbria.
Team Bath welcome captain Tom Doughty back into the starting XV, while Santander Sporting Scholar Jack Davies – who was on the bench for Bath Rugby in their recent Premiership victory over Saracens – returns in the second row.
The only change in the backs to Team Bath’s last outing – a 19-5 win over Loughborough – sees Will Hughes start on the wing.
Admission to tonight’s match is free and it is the final home match of the season, so don’t miss out – come and back the boys in Blue & Gold!
Team Bath starting XV: 15 Will Partington, 14 Ethan Hutt, 13 Alex Nisbett, 12 Will Butt, 11 Will Hughes, 10 Alex Burrage, 9 Ed Rimmer; 1 Arthur Cordwell, 2 Tom Doughty (c), 3 Austin Hay, 4 Angus Hinton, 5 Jack Davies, 6 Jack Kenningham, 7 Chris Barry, 8 James Catlin. Replacements: 16 James Hadfield, 17 Jake Buckingham, 18 Kieran Verden, 19 Adam Thresher, 20 Rhys Davis, 21 George Wootten, 22 Brandon Bellamin, 23 Hugo Stiles.
Durham starting XV: 15 Saul Melvin Farr, 14 Jack Hedley, 13 Matt Welsh, 12 Charlie Wilson, 11 Josh Wright, 10 Paddy McDuell, 9 Jacob Collin; 1 Jack Conteh, 2 Freddie Davies, 3 Toby Woods, 4 Colin Markham (c), 5 Henry Paremain, 6 Chris Johnston, 7 Jamie Adamson, 8 Ben Fowles. Replacements: 16 Luke Chadwick, 17 Joe Burdis, 18 Sam Hughes, 19 Marijn Huis. 20 Ben Osuntokun, 21 Ollie Green, 22 Myles Rawstron Rudd, 23 Cameron Gleave.
Referee: Henry Waulbaum.
Assistant referees: Adam Wookey, Gareth Holsgrove.
Fourth official: Brad Bignall.