England lock Charlie Ewels returns for Bath to face Toulon
European Champions Cup
Venue: The Recreation Ground Date: Saturday, 16 December Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
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Francois 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, with Hugo Bonneval coming in at full-back.

South 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.

For Bath, Grant fills in at number eight for 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 could move to the 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, Wilson

Toulonnaise: 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, Kruger

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