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Posted Friday, March 4th 2022

Team news: Bath vs Bristol Bears - GP R19

Siva Naulago is back in the starting line-up when Bristol Bears travel to Bath Rugby in the West Country derby (3pm KO).

  • Pat Lam makes five changes from Wasps victory
  • Siva Naulago returns from two-match suspension
  • Oscar Lennon will make Premiership debut

The winger – who returns from a two-game suspension – is one of five changes to the side that secured a bonus point win over Wasps.

Hartpury loan scrum half Oscar Lennon makes his first Premiership start, while Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd return to the backline.

In the pack, Jake Armstrong starts with Max Lahiff (calf) sidelined through injury.

Bristolian lock Joe Joyce will skipper the side for the first time in a Bristol-Bath derby.

Bristol Bears team to face Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, March 5th (3pm KO):

15. Ioan Lloyd (58 apps); 14. Siva Naulago (14 apps), 13. Semi Radradra (32 apps), 12. Antoine Frisch (7 apps), 11. Alapati Leiua (94 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (122 apps), 9. Oscar Lennon (2 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (100 apps), 2. Harry Thacker (67 apps), 3. Jake Armstrong (24 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (67 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (c) (141 apps), 6. Chris Vui (84 apps), 7. Jake Heenan (66 apps), 8. Sam Jeffries (44 apps).

System players: 16. Bryan Byrne (25 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (84 apps), 18. Ashley Challenger (4 apps), 19. Steven Luatua (91 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (103 apps), 21. Theo Strang (5 apps), 22. Tiff Eden (17 apps), 23. Piers O’Conor (98 apps).

Unavailable: Kyle Sinckler, John Afoa, Max Lahiff, Fitz Harding, Harry Randall, Andy Uren, Tom Whiteley, Toby Venner, Max Green, Sam Bedlow, Toby Fricker, Charles Piutau, Luke Morahan, Charlie Powell.


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