PERENISE fronts up against European champions

Bath Rugby crestAnthony Perenise makes his first Premiership start since rejoining Bath against European champions Saracens at the Rec today 1400.

The Samoan international – who returned to Bath in summer - replaces Kane Palma-Newport, injured during last Sunday’s thrilling 27-23 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Welsh international tighthead prop Scott Andrews has joined Bath as short-term injury cover and starts on the bench.

Andrews arrives on loan from Cardiff Blues, where he has made over 142 appearances in his 12 years and won 13 caps for Wales.

Bath's two-try opening game hero Max Clark seeks to continue his impressive scoring start while Semesa Rokoduguni, who scored a 70 metre solo try at Leicester, starts on the right wing.

Bath Rugby starting 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Max Clark 11 Matt Banahan 10 Rhys Priestland 9 Chris Cook 1 Beno Obano 2 Tom Dunn 3 Anthony Perenise 4 Luke Charteris 5 Elliott Stooke 6 Matt Garvey (capt) 7 Francois Louw 8 Taulupe Faletau

Ready on the bench 16 Jack Walker 17 Nick Auterac 18 Scott Andrews 19 James Phillips 20 Paul Grant 21 Kahn Fotuali’I 22 Freddie Burns 23 Ben Tapuai

Unavailable Dave Attwood, Ross Batty, Nathan Catt, Tom Ellis, Charlie Ewels, Max Lahiff, Shaun Knight, Kane Palma-Newport, Henry Thomas, Jeff Williams

• Australian international hooker Nathan Charles has extended his contract at Bath until the end of October.

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