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Agulla set for Welford Road reunion

Horacio Agulla admits it will be a strange feeling for him when he heads back to Welford Road as a Bath player.

The Argentina international wing returns to Aviva Premiership action, along with Bath's Wales prop Paul James and South Africa flanker Francois Louw, following a busy month of Test match commitments.

"It will be a bit strange for me going into the other changing room at Welford Road, but it will be nice to go back," said former Leicester player Agulla, who will partner Matt Banahan in midfield.

"I have a lot of good memories from my time there, but I'm a Bath player now so I want to go up there and hopefully get a good result with the boys. We are really looking forward to the game. We had a great win last weekend against Harlequins, but we know that Leicester are a really good team so we will need to be 100 per cent on our game."

Exeter, buoyed by a first win at the Madejski Stadium against London Irish last weekend, will continue their quest to challenge among the title play-off contenders when Wasps visit Sandy Park.

Head coach Rob Baxter, who has named an unchanged team, said: "To get a couple of monkeys off our back, like our first away (league) win and our first win at the Madejski, is quite a big thing for us at this stage of the season.

Wasps are boosted by England lock Tom Palmer returning to the side, as does Samoa international prop Zak Taulafo, with Italy centre Andrea Masi on the bench.

"Exeter are a very good team and are very difficult to beat, but there is no reason why we can't go to Sandy Park and get a victory," Wasps rugby director David Young said.

"We were pleased with our win last weekend (against Leicester) but we are going to have to be better this Saturday. We are going to have to be more accurate."

Irish make the trip to London Welsh, where their opponents will target a fourth win of a Premiership campaign that has seen them cope well with life in English rugby's top flight. In Sunday's Premiership action, second-placed Saracens host Gloucester, who lie third but are level on points with the Hertfordshire club.


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