Preview: Bath v Leicester

Date published: May 6 2016

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Academy scrum-half Will Homer will make his first Premiership start at the Rec on Saturday against Leicester in Bath's final match of the season.

Homer partners fly-half George Ford in the half-backs, with Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph continuing in the midfield. The back three is comprised of wings Matt Banahan and Semesa Rokoduguni, and Anthony Watson starts at full-back.

Francois Louw captains the team from the openside, and is joined in the back-row by blindside Matt Garvey and number eight David Denton. Charlie Ewels and Dave Attwood are named in the second-row once again, whilst the front-row is also unchanged from last weekend’s match at Franklin’s Gardens: Nathan Catt at loosehead, Rob Webber at hooker and David Wilson at tighthead.

Retiring club captain Stuart Hooper will lead the team out for one last time, allowing supporters at the Rec to say goodbye.

Meanwhile, back-rowers Tom Croft and Jordan Crane return to Leicester's starting line-up at the Rec.

Croft returns at flanker, with Crane at number eight as Tigers shuffle the pack for the final game of the regular league season and with a place in the semi-finals on the weekend of May 20/21/22 already secured.

On-loan prop Ellis Genge starts his first game in the Premiership after three games as a replacement.

In the backline, Jack Roberts is given a start at centre, with George Catchpole on the wing. Ben Youngs and Owen Williams continue in the half-back roles.

Academy prospect George Worth, capped by England U20s earlier this season, is included in the matchday squad for the first time.

Form: Bath's only victory in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches was at home to Sale Sharks in the rearranged round 9 encounter. Bath have lost just one of their last four fixtures at the Recreation Ground but have conceded a try bonus point in their last two. Leicester Tigers have already ensured a twelfth successive participation in the play-offs, and have won their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters since their reversal at Sale in round 18. The last four encounters between the two clubs have been son by the home side on the day, whilst the Tigers most recent victory at Recreation Ground in Premriship Rugby came in March 2011.

The teams:

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Will Homer, 8 David Denton, 7 Francois Louw (c), 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Nathan Catt
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Dom Day, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Jeff Williams

Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 George Catchpole, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Will Evans, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 4 Ed Slater (c), 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 Greg Bateman, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 George Worth

Date: Saturday, May 7
Venue: Recreation Ground
Kick-off: 15:30 BST (14:30 GMT)
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan, Roger Baileff
TMO: Trevor Fisher

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