Ewels leads Bath into battle against Leinster
CHARLIE Ewels will captain Bath Rugby for this afternoon’s Heineken Champions Cup tie against Leinster at the Rec.
England man Ewels, pictured, starts in the second row alongside Dave Attwood, who returns to the starting XV to face the reigning European champions. Nathan Catt and Henry Thomas start either side of Tom Dunn in the front row.
Tom Ellis and Sam Underhill start at blindside and openside flanker respectively, with South Africa’s Francois Louw switching to number eight to complete the back row. Scrum-half Will Chudley partners James Wilson in the half-back combination, with Jamie Roberts coming back into the fold at inside centre. Roberts will be joined by Jackson Willison in the midfield.
Joe Cokanasiga continues on the left wing, Semesa Rokoduguni starts on the opposite flank, with Ruaridh McConnochie at full-back.
Fly-half Freddie Burns has been ruled out with a foot injury.
World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton is back to captain Leinster, while Rob Kearney starts at full-back with tricky Jordan Larmour on the right wing and Kiwi James Lowe on the left.
Noel Reid partners Garry Ringrose in the centres, while Luke McGrath starts at nine with captain Sexton outside him.
Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner and James Ryan are named in a fearsome front five. In the back row, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and the fit again Dan Leavy complete the pack.