Sam Underhill shifts position in return for Bath
Sam Underhill makes a slight positional adjustment as he to returns to the pack for Bath’s West Country derby against Gloucester in Round 11 of the Gallagher Premiership.
The England flanker, who had a mandatory rest when Bath travelled to Leinster a fortnight ago, was set to line up in the back row against Stade Rochelais last weekend before the game’s postponement.
Bath are 10 points adrift at the bottom of the league having conceded 38 tries with just Worcester’s 50 a worse total. Warriors also have the worst negative points difference with Bath next in line on minus 136 to highlight the massive job new defence coach Janse van Rensburg is facing in a role he has been handed until the end of the season.
Good news for Bath and Scotland fans. Not-so-good news on the Taulupe Faletau front. https://t.co/rcRlF2Z949
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) December 23, 2021
The new defence coach has so far only had two sessions to work with the injury hit Bath squad following his arrival from South Africa and the team now faces a Gloucester attack that can call upon Jonny May and Louis Rees-Zammit, two of the fastest wings in world rugby.
BATH TEAM: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Ruaridh McConnochie, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Josh McNally, 5 Charlie Ewels ©, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Mike Williams, 8 Sam Underhill
GLOUCESTER: 15. Lloyd Evans, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Jonny May, 10. Adam Hastings, 9. Ben Meehan, 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Kirill Gotovtsev, 4. Freddie Clarke, 5. Matias Alemanno, 6. Jordy Reid, 7. Lewis Ludlow (c), 8. Ruan Ackermann
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