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Bell wants win in milestone game


Duncan Bell

Duncan Bell

Duncan Bell

Duncan Bell admits making his 200th appearance for Bath will mean nothing if they cannot pick up a win against Aviva Premiership leaders Exeter on Saturday evening

The 36-year-old former England prop has been with the club he supported as a boy since 2003, and is a real fans' favourite among The Rec faithful.

He told the Bath website: "It's not about me, it's about getting the win," he said. "It's a great personal achievement but I would rather have four or five points at the end of the day. There is no point running out for your 200th game and losing. It would put a dampener on the occasion for me."

Having spent his youth eagerly waiting to get autographs from the likes of Bath stalwarts Gareth Chilcott and Dave Egerton, the ex-Pontypridd man admits it will take a while for the achievement to sink in.

He added: "I have been here a long time. It's a club I started at when I was nine and it's a club I always wanted to play for.

"To look back at my career, when it does finish, and say I did 200 games for Bath, I will be very proud of that achievement. It's a wonderful thing for me, I have been fortunate with injuries and selection but I am over the moon.

"To play that many times for the club I supported as a boy is something I could only have dreamed would happen.

"I love every time I run out at the Rec. It really is a fantastic venue and my only regret so far is that we haven't won as much silverware as we should have in my time here."

Sir Ian McGeechan's side will be looking to bounce back from their agonising late defeat to Saracens last time out, with a late Owen Farrell penalty delivering the knockout blow.

To that end McGeechan has brought captain Stuart Hooper in at lock, while Ben Skirving and Guy Mercer start in a back row lacking the injured Simon Taylor. Mark McMillan also gets the nod ahead of Michael Claassens at scrum-half.

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