Fale­tau back in the side as Bath take on Wasps

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Rugby -

TAULUPE Fale­tau re­turns to ac­tion for Bath Rugby as they take on Wasps at the Rec to­day in round five of the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup.

Luke Char­teris leads the side out from the se­cond row, form­ing a lock part­ner­ship with El­liott Stooke.

Jac­ques van Rooyen and Max Lahiff line up ei­ther side of Jack Walker in the front row.

Fale­tau comes into the side at blind­side flanker, team­ing up with Josh Bayliss, who makes his Eu­ro­pean de­but from open­side. Zach Mercer starts at num­ber eight.

Max Green forms an ex­cit­ing half- back pair­ing with Rhys Pri­est­land, and Max Wright starts in­side Max Clark in the mid­field.

Aled Brew and Tom Homer come in on the left and right wings, while Dar­ren Atkins com­pletes the back­line as he starts at full-back.

For Wasps, winger Ross Neal has re­cov­ered from a hip knock to come in for El­liot Daly, who is rested, while Rob Miller re­places the in­jured Wil­lie Le Roux at full-back.

Bris­tol Bears travel to Eni­sei-STM in Sochi as the Eu­ro­pean Chal­lenge Cup cam­paign re­turns.

Pat Lam’s men must record vic­tory over the Rus­sian out­fit to keep their hopes of pro­gress­ing to the knock­out stages alive.

Bris­tol name an all-Eng­landqual­i­fied match­day squad, with four changes to the side that beat La Rochelle in the pre­vi­ous round of the com­pe­ti­tion. Luke Daniels and Andy Uren come into the back­line, while Nick Fen­ton-Wells and Jake Arm­strong are in­cluded in the front row.

“Play­ing in Russia will be a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for a lot of the guys, but we’ve en­sured that the trav­el­ling and lo­gis­tics in­volved won’t af­fect our prepa­ra­tion,” said head coach Lam.

“We have a great op­por­tu­nity to go to Sochi and come home with the vic­tory if we ap­proach the fix­ture with the right mind­set and bring phys­i­cal­ity to all ar­eas of our game.”

With Tom Lind­say un­avail­able due to a fam­ily be­reave­ment, Harry Thacker is named in the squad.

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