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Posted Friday, June 11th 2021

Match preview: London Irish (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 22 Gallagher Premiership clash with London Irish at Ashton Gate.



LONDON IRISH LINEUP

15. Tom Parton, 14. James Stokes, 13. Curtis Rona, 12. Terrence Hepetema, 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Nic Groom; 1. Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2. Agustin Creevy, 3. Lovejoy Chawatama, 4. Adam Coleman, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Sean O’Brien, 7. Blair Cowan (c), 8. Albert Tuisue.

Replacements:
16. Matt Cornish, 17. Facundo Gigena, 18. Ollie Hoskins, 19. George Nott, 20. Jack Cooke, 21. Matt Rogerson, 22. Nick Phipps, 23. Jacob Atkins.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Gallagher Premiership Round 22 clash with London Irish at Ashton Gate is on Saturday, June 12th, with kick-off at 3pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 3 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

Bristol Bears have lost just twice in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since Round Eight, at home to Exeter in Round 17 and away at Sale in Round 20. The Bears have suffered only two home defeats in Premiership Rugby this season, to Sale in February and Exeter in April.

London Irish have lost their last six Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since beating Bath at the Brentford Community Stadium on March 27th. The Exiles only away win in Premiership Rugby this season came on a trip to Wasps in Round 11.

The last four meetings between the two clubs in Premiership Rugby have been evenly split with a win apiece plus two draws. Irish have made just two previous visits to Ashton Gate, winning there 44-27 in the Premiership Rugby Cup in October 2019, and drawing 27-all in Premiership Rugby two months later.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (96th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Phil Watters. TMO: Andrew Jackson. Citing Officer: David Guyan.


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