Posted 28th Sep 2022

Team Bath name starting XV for big BUCS Super Rugby season opener against Cardiff – watch for free at the STV!

An exciting mix of new faces and returning players has been named in the Team Bath men’s 1st XV for tonight’s opening home match of the 2022-23 BUCS Super Rugby season.

The Freshers’ Week fixture against Cardiff kicks off at 6.30pm at the Team Bath Sports Training Village and is free to watch – simply head through the STV to the Sports Café balcony for a fantastic view of the action. There will be a drinks stand and pre-match music.

Flanker Tom Williams and centre Alfie Garside are co-captains of Team Bath, who are sponsored by Bath Building Society. Here they share their thoughts on the season ahead and their hopes of seeing a big crowd at the STV for the opening fixture…

Tonight’s teams

Team Bath starting XV: 1 Scott Kirk, 2 George Studdard, 3 Josh Cilia, 4 Eddie Erskine, 5 Haydn Barnes, 6 Tom Berry, 7 Tom Williams (c), 8 George Doel; 9 Archie Friend, 10 Freddie Longley, 11 Byron Gilmour, 12 Ethan Hawtin, 13 Alfie Garside (c), 14 James Pavey, 15 Luca Mignot. Replacements: 16 Max Pearce, 17 Zak Giannini, 18 Archie Griffin, 19 Emyr Jones, 20 Lachlan McGrigor, 21 Elis Horgan, 22 Jamie Murray, 23 Sam Mercer.

Cardiff starting XV: 1 Ed Thompson, 2 Ben Chapman, 3 Adam Williams, 4 Ethan Phillips, 5 Alex Ashton, 6 Greg Ramage, 7 Gwilym Evans, 8 George Shaw; 9 Joshua Thomas, 10 Ed Dunford, 11 Rhydian Williams, 12 Oscar van Deventer, 13 Luke Pollock, 14 Luke Bray, 15 Felix Gilbert. Replacements: 16 Lewys Williams, 17 Theo Bevacoua, 18 Archie Callaghan, 19 Billy Moxey, 20 James Roberts, 21 Dai Jones, 22 Cam Scott, 23 Max Ashton.

Referee: Iain Kiy.

Assistant referees: Ben Simpson, Dave Philpot.

Don’t forget that free rugby is returning to The Rec this October as Team Bath take on BUCS Super Rugby champions Durham in the Rengen-sponsored Anniversary Game. Click here to find out more and register for a free ticket! 

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