Cameron Redpath starts for Bath against London Irish

Date published: April 8 2021

Only one Challenge Cup quarter-finals fixture is scheduled to take place on Friday and it’s an all-Premiership affair between Bath and London Irish at the Rec.

Bath have made six changes after last weekend’s round-of-16 victory over Zebre in Parma.

Cameron Redpath comes back into the starting XV after spell on the sidelines with injury. The Scotland centre last featured in his country’s Six Nations win over England with his last Bath outing coming at the end of January.

He is joined in the midfield by Jonathan Joseph who was rested against Zebre. Ruaridh McConnochie also missed the trip to Italy and returns on the wing in an exciting back three containing Joe Cokanasiga and Anthony Watson.

Captain Charlie Ewels is available following a one-week suspension and the other two changes see Josh Bayliss and Zach Mercer earn starts.

Wales international Taulupe Faletau switches to blindside flanker in a pack which is unchanged in shirt numbers one to four.

Half-back duo Ben Spencer and Orlando Bailey continue their relationship for the third match running.

Hooker Jacques du Toit could run out at the Rec for the first time following his try-scoring debut last time out while Juan Schoeman and Mike Williams are back in the matchday 23.

Argentine international gets first London Irish start

Meanwhile, Facundo Gigena is given his first start for the London Irish and is joined in the front-row by fellow Argentine international Agustin Creevy and Lovejoy Chawatama, with George Nott and Rob Simmons combining in the second-row.

Matt Rogerson captains the side from blindside flanker and Blair Cowan is at openside flanker, with Albert Tuisue in the number eight jersey.

Nick Phipps and Paddy Jackson continue their partnership as the halfback duo, and Terrence Hepetema links up with Theo Brophy Clews in the centres.

An unchanged back three of Ollie Hassell-Collins, Ben Loader and Tom Parton is named.

The teams:

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Ruaridh McConnochie, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Josh Bayliss, 6 Taulupe Faletau, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Mike Williams, 20 Miles Reid, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Max Clark, 23 Alex Gray

London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Theo Brophy Clews, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Albert Tuisue, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 5 Rob Simmons, 4 George Nott, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Facundo Gigena
Replacements: 16 Matt Cornish, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Sean O’Brien, 22 Ben Meehan, 23 James Stokes

Venue: Recreation Ground
Kick-off: 20:00 BST (19:00 GMT)
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe (England), Phil Watters (England)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)