Gatland in town as Sam Underhill looks to push Lions bid
Warren Gatland will be watching the Challenge Cup semi-final from the stands at the Recreation Ground just five days before he names his 36-strong party for the summer series against South Africa.
Anthony Watson and Taulupe Faletau also start and are certain to be picked by Gatland, but Underhill would benefit from a timely reminder of his destructive power as a big-hitting flanker having missed the Six Nations because of a hip injury.
The England back row plays in a ferociously competitive position where the Lions are populated with a number of high-quality options.
Bath won the Challenge Cup in 2008, while Montpellier followed in their footsteps in 2016. Bath won both previous meetings between the rivals in 2006-07.
Montpellier are enduring a troubled season and occupy a lowly 12th place in the French Top 14, forcing them to battle to avoid a relegation play-off match.
“What’s important is that there is a real desire for the group to win a trophy for themselves,” Bath boss Stuart Hooper said.
“With that comes the history, but more importantly it’s a motivation about what they can achieve together.”
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