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Squad revealed as Bears face Castres in pre-season clash

Bristol Bears face Castres Olympique in a pre-season friendly at Stade de la Balmette this evening (5pm KO GMT).

Director of Rugby Pat Lam takes an exciting squad with a blend of youth and experience to the Challenge Vaquerin festival.

He said: “We’ve had a really valuable week-long training camp in France, building connections and taking advantage of the warm weather conditions to get through some hard work.

“Castres are an excellent side and the 2018 Top 14 champions, so it’ll be a good first hit out for the team. It’s a long pre-season with Premiership Cup games to factor in as well, so we’ve structured the load management of the squad to ensure we are at our peak for the start of the season.

“This trip gave us an opportunity to integrated some young guys into the environment and the likes of Harry Ascherl, Ioan Lloyd and Jack Bates will take a lot from the experience. We’re also able to leave some guys back in Bristol to continue their individual training programmes.”

Bristol Bears squad to face Castres Olympique at Stade de la Balmette on Thursday, August 15th (5pm KO GMT):

Backs: Mat Protheroe, Luke Daniels, Tom Pincus, Jack Bates, Piers O’Conor, Charlie Powell, Harry Ascherl, Ian Madigan, Ryan Edwards, Toby Fricker, Callum Sheedy, Ioan Lloyd, Harry Randall, Nick Stirzaker, Andy Uren.

Forwards: Jake Woolmore, Ollie Dawe, Yann Thomas, George Kloska, Tom Lindsay, Harry Thacker, Will Capon, John Afoa, Nicky Thomas, Yann Thomas, Lewis Thiede, John Hawkins, Ed Holmes, Dave Attwood*, Aly Muldowney, Joe Batley, Joe Joyce, Dan Thomas, Steve Luatua, Jake Heenan, Nathan Hughes*.

*Travelled on camp but will not feature versus Castres.

Did not travel: Charles Piutau, Luke Morahan, Will Hurrell, Sam Bedlow, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, Aaron Chapman, Blake Boyland, Jordan Crane, Sam Graham, James Dun, Sam Jeffries, Jake Armstrong, Shaun Malton.

Unavailable (Rugby World Cup): Chris Vui, Alapati Leiua, James Lay, Jordan Lay (Samoa), Siale Piutau (Tonga).