Bath v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership match preview

Last Updated: 09/02/13 4:54pm

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Bath will welcome back England Saxons internationals Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Worcester.

Biggs starts on the wing and Eastmond comes in at outside centre after the duo missed the LV= Cup games.

Olly Woodburn and Sam Vesty drop out of the squad, with the only other change coming on the bench where Tom Heathcote replaces Jack Cuthbert.

Worcester head coach Richard Hill has made wholesale changes to his line-up for the trip to the Rec.

Five of the alterations come in the pack, with Dean Schofield, Neil Best, Sam Betty, Matt Kvesic and Matt Mullan all starting.

In the backs Alex Grove and Errie Claassens return, with Josh Matavesi dropping to the bench and Chris Pennell ruled out through injury.

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Kyle Eastmond, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Peter Stringer, 1 Charlie Beech, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Anthony Perenise, 4 Dominic Day, 5 Dave Attwood, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Carl Fearns, 8 Ben Skirving.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mat Gilbert, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni.

Worcester: 15 Errie Claassens, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Jon Clarke, 11 David Lemi, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Jonny Arr, 1 Matt Mullan, 2 Aleki Lutui, 3 John Andress, 4 James Percival (c), 5 Dean Schofield, 6 Neil Best, 7 Sam Betty, 8 Matt Kvesic.
Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Ceri Jones, 18 Rob O'Donnell, 19 Craig Gillies, 20 Jake Abbott, 21 Paul Hodgson, 22 Danny Gray, 23 Josh Matavesi.

What they said...

Worcester boss Richard Hill

"Bath have got their confidence up. They have got to a quarter-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup and they have got to a semi-final of the LV=Cup with a really good win at Kingsholm.

"At the moment they are in a rich vein of form and flying high. I live in Bath and get the vibes and feelings from the supporters, I have even got Michael Claassens living across the road from me, so you understand the mentality they have got.

"They are high on confidence at the moment, there is no doubt about that, while we have gone through a sticky patch so we need a drastic turnaround of form."

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