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Team news: Bristol Bears 'A' vs Exeter Braves

Bristol Bears ‘A’ face Exeter Braves in the South-West derby at Clifton RFC on Saturday (2pm KO).

  • Mat Protheroe comes into the Bears 'A' backline
  • Fixture is free for season card holders at Clifton RFC
  • Madigan and Hurrell form midfield partnership

Mat Protheroe comes into the side for the Premiership Shield clash, as Bears go in search of a first win in the competition following back-to-back defeats.

This fixture is free to season card holders and £5 for non season card holders.

“Exeter are one of the strongest sides in the competition, so this will be a massive test for the team on Saturday."

Academy transition coach, Sean Marsden

Academy transition coach Sean Marsden said: “Exeter are one of the strongest sides in the competition, so this will be a massive test for the team on Saturday.

“They’re physical and well-organised, so we know that set piece and our discipline will be key for us to be successful.”

Bristol Bears ‘A’ team to face Exeter Braves at Clifton RFC on Saturday, December 28th (2pm KO):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Ian Madigan, 11. Charlie Powell; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Nic Stirzaker; 1. Ollie Dawe, 2. George Kloska, 3. Nicky Thomas, 4. John Hawkins, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. James Dun, 7. Adrian Choat, 8. Jordan Crane (c).

Replacements: 16. Tom Lindsay, 17. Tom Rowland, 18. Jay Burley (Thornbury RFC), 19. Charlie Rice (Academy U18s), 20. Sam Graham, 21. Blake Boyland, 22. Harry Ascherl, 23. Tom Pincus.

Unavailable: Shaun Malton (neck), Yann Thomas (achilles), Jake Armstrong (groin), Lewis Thiede (neck), Dan Thomas (groin), Siale Piutau (knee), Jack Bates (hamstring), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Ryan Edwards (concussion).


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