Team Bath seeking to emulate Anniversary Game success when they travel to Cardiff for BUCS Super Rugby return match
The Blue & Gold – sponsored by Fulkers Bailey Russell – travel to the Welsh capital on Wednesday (6pm kick-off) with memories still fresh of their excellent 52-25 victory in front of 6,500 supporters, although they have lost their two matches since then and will be keen for a good response.
Eight of the XV that started at The Rec will line up against Cardiff at Llanrumney, including hooker Jordi den Hartog who scored a hat-trick that night. He is partnered in the front row by Bath Rugby Academy props Arthur Cordwell and Simone Elrick.
Rhys Davies comes in for his first start of the season at tighthead lock alongside Edoardo Balocco and Chris Barry returns at flanker.
Captain Ed Rimmer is partnered at half-back by Tom Pittman, while Max Ojomoh and Alex Nisbet continue at centre. Cal Barrett and Cardiff Blues Academy player Alex Varney return on wings and Ivor Powell Sporting Scholar George Worboys starts at full-back.
Cardiff University starting XV: 15 Elliot Hayden, 14 Jack Dixon, 13 Huw Roberts, 12 Tudor Forbes, 11 George Thomas, 10 Ed Dunford, 9 Josh Oakley; 1 Cary Davies, 2 Cam Lewis, 3 Freddie Barnes, 4 Charlie Stonehill, 5 Ellis Thomas, 6 Tom Royston, 7 Aaron Hughes, 8 Ben Hoppe. Replacements: 16 Ed Thompson, 17 Archie Davies, 18 Ben Edwards, 19 Will Thompson, 20 Greg Ramage, 21 Ciaran Johnson, 22 Aled Evans, 23 Charlie Dyde.
Team Bath starting XV: 15 George Worboys, 14 Alex Varney, 13 Alex Nisbet, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Cal Barrett, 10 Tom Pittman, 9 Ed Rimmer (c); 1 Arthur Cordwell, 2 Jordi den Hartog, 3 Simone Elrick, 4 Rhys Davies, 5 Edoardo Balocco, 6 Gwilym Bradley, 7 Chris Barry, 8 Jack Kenningham. Replacements: 16 Rory Mead, 17 Will French, 18 Tom Rowland, 19 Cameron Keys, 20 Ed Ashcroft, 21 Jacob Tanset, 22 Sam Kennaugh, 23 Elliot Bancroft.