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Posted Friday, November 20th 2020

Match preview: Wasps (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's Gallagher Premiership season opener against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

WASPS LINEUP

15. Lima Sopoaga, 14. Zach Kibirige, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jimmy Gopperth, 11. Josh Bassett, 10. Jacob Umaga, 9. Ben Vellacott; 1. Simon McIntyre, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Kieran Brookes, 4. Tim Cardall, 5 James Gaskell, 6. Jack Willis, 7. Thomas Young, 8. Brad Shields.

Replacements: 16. Tom Cruse, 17. Tom West, 18. Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19. Levi Douglas, 20. Alfie Barbeary, 21. Tom Willis, 22. Sam Wolstenholme, 23. Paolo Odogwu

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears kick off the new season with a trip to face the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership losing finalists at The Ricoh Arena on Sunday, October 22nd, with kick-off at 1pm (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

Wasps seven game winning run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ended in their 13-19 reversal in the Final against Exeter at Twickenham Stadium four weeks ago. Wasps only defeat at the Ricoh Arena since January was when Sale were the visitors on 25 August.

Bristol Bears only defeat in their last six first team matches was to today’s opponents Wasps at Ricoh Arena in last season’s semi-final. Bristol have been victorious in round 1 for the past two seasons.

Wasps have won their last ten Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures against Bristol and are unbeaten in their last fourteen such encounters since the Bears 26-21 victory at Memorial Stadium in September 2006. Bristol have made five previous visits to Ricoh Arena in all competitions with their only victory being in the Premiership Rugby Cup in November 2018.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Thomas Foley (83rd Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Greg Macdonald & Simon Harding. TMO: Karl Dickson. Citing Officer: Nick Wood.


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