Home news European Champions Cup: Bath v Toulon

European Champions Cup: Bath v Toulon


European Champions CupVenue: The Recreation Ground Date: Saturday, 16 December Kick-off: 17:30 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport websiteFrancois Louw and Charlie Ewels return for Bath as they seek to avenge last weekend’s last-gasp Champions Cup defeat away to Toulon.Louw returns at open-side, with Paul Grant switching back to number eight.Ewels comes into the second row alongside Elliott Stooke, with captain Matt Garvey at blind-side.

Toulon make three changes, including ex-England winger Chris Ashton moving from full-back to wing as Hugo Bonneval comes in to fill the 15 shirt.Insight and chat – subscribe to the Rugby Union Weekly podcast European Challenge Cup tablesSouth African prop Marcel Van der Merwe also returns in the place of Levan Chilachava for the three-time European champions, with Argentina’s Facundo Isa replacing Raphael Lakafia in the back row.For Bath, Grant fills in for Wales and Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau, who suffered a knee injury last weekend and is set to be out until March.Bath suffered an agonising 24-20 defeat at Stade Felix Mayol last weekend, but would move to top of Pool 5 with a win. Bath: Watson; Brew, Joseph, Tapuai; Banahan; Priestland, Cook; Obano, Dunn, Lahiff, Stooke, Ewels, Garvey, Louw, Grant Replacements: Van Vuuren, Auterac, Thomas, Douglas, Mercer, Fotuali’i, Burns, WilsonToulonnaise: Bonneval; Tuisova, Bastareaud, Nonu, Ashton; Trinh-Duc, Mathewson; Fresia, Guirado, Van Der Merwe, Manoa, Taofifenua, Lobbe, Isa, Vermeulen Replacements: Etrillard, Delboulbes, Setiano, Lakafia, Pietersen, Rebbadj, Escande, KrugerFor the latest rugby union news follow @bbcrugbyunion on Twitter.
Source: Wiltshire BBC