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Posted Friday, February 19th 2021

Match preview: London Irish (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 10 Gallagher Premiership clash with London Irish, in our Big Match Preview.


LONDON IRISH LINEUP

15. James Stokes, 14. Ben Loader, 13. Curtis Rona, 12. Theo Brophy Clews, 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Ben Meehan; 1. Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2. Matt Cornish, 3. Lovejoy Chawatama, 4. Steve Mafi, 5. George Nott, 6. Matt Rogerson (c), 7. Blair Cowan, 8. Albert Tuisue.

Replacements: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Ollie Hoskins, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Sean O’Brien, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Terrence Hepetema, 23. Tom Parton

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round ten Gallagher Premiership clash with London Irish is on Sunday, February 21st, with kick-off at 3pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 1 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

London Irish‘s three match unbeaten run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ended with their 3-26 defeat at Exeter on Saturday. The Exiles have won their last two home games at their new stadium and have not won three in succession at home since they were at Madejski Stadium in February 2016.

Bristol Bears have lost just once since the opening round of Premiership Rugby: 13-20 at home to Sale on February 5th. The Bears have not lost away from home since their trip to Wasps on November 22nd.

The last three meetings between the clubs in Premiership Rugby have been evenly split with a win apiece plus a draw.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Karl Dickson (37th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Jamie Leahy. TMO: Ian Tempest. Citing Officer: Nick Wood.


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