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London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney has chosen an XV that sees Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Saia Fainga’a and Ollie Hoskins make up the front row with Ruan Botha and Adam Coleman, who will be making his home Premiership debut, in the second row.
Steve Mafi and Blair Cowan are the flankers, with Cowan captaining the side. Albert Tuisue continues at No8. Ben Meehan and Stephen Myler are scrum-half and fly-half respectively, with Terrence Hepetema and Tom Stephenson combining in the midfield. Ollie Hassell-Collins, Curtis Rona and Paddy Jackson make up the back three.
Bath’s Stuart Hooper has made ten changes to the starting line-up following their Heineken Champions Cup defeat at Clermont. Anthony Watson returns to the starting line-up following injury, while Semesa Rokoduguni also joins his fellow England international in the wide channels.
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RugbyPass spoke with Decklan Kidney before the start of the season
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LONDON IRISH: 15. Paddy Jackson; 14. Curtis Rona, 13. Tom Stephenson, 12. Terrence Hepetema, 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins; 10. Stephen Myler, 9. Ben Meehan; 1. Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 2. Saia Fainga’a, 3. Olle Hoskins, 4. Ruan Botha, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Steve Mafi, 7. Blair Cowan (capt), 8. Albert Tuisue. Reps: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Allan Dell, 18, Lovejoy Chawatama, 19. Franco van der Merwe, 20. Matt Rogerson, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Tom Fowlie, 23. James Stokes.
BATH: 15. Tom Homer; 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. Anthony Watson; 10. Rhys Priestland (capt), 9. Will Chudley; 1. Beno Obano, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Josh McNally, 5. Elliott Stooke, 6. Tom Ellis, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Josh Bayliss. Reps: 16. Jack Walker, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Matt Garvey, 20. Rhys Davies, 21. Chris Cook, 22. Freddie Burns, 23. Aled Brew.
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