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Premiership: Bath v Newcastle Falcons


Aviva PremiershipVenue: The Recreation Ground Date: Saturday, 23 September Kick-off: 15:00 BSTCoverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport websiteBath make eight changes, with skipper Francois Louw named in the back-row before joining up with the South Africa squad for the Rugby Championship.Summer signing Freddie Burns makes his first start for his boyhood club.Canada international DTH van der Merwe will make his Newcastle Falcons debut on the wing following his summer move from Pro14 side Scarlets.

He is one of five changes to the Falcons side, with the Socino brothers, Craig Willis and Will Witty also in.Match factsBath have suffered only one defeat at The Rec in any competition this year – 24-3 to Wasps on 4 March. And they have not lost at home to Newcastle since October 2009.Newcastle’s four-game winning Premiership run ended in Philadelphia last Saturday with their 29-7 defeat by Saracens – but they are still unbeaten in England since 15 April.The last four Premiership meetings between these two clubs have all been won by the home side on the day.Line-upsBath: Burns; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Clark, Banahan; Priestland, Cook; Auterac, Walker, Perenise, Charteris, Stooke, Ewels, Louw (c), GrantReplacements: Dunn, Obano, Andrews, Phillips, Mercer, Allinson, Tapuai, BrewNewcastle: Hammersley; Goneva, Harris, JP. Socino, Van der Merwe; Willis, Takulua; Vickers, S. Socino, Welsh, Green, Witty, M. Wilson, Welch (c), LatuReplacements: Lawson, Mavinga, Davison, Robinson, Hogg, Stuart, Hodgson, Josh MatavesiReferee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Source: BBC Somerset