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Team news: Bristol Bears U18s vs Exeter Chiefs U18s

Bristol Bears U18 host Exeter Chiefs U18s in a mouthwatering South-West derby at North Bristol RFC on Saturday (1.30pm KO).

  • Bristol Bears U18 host Chiefs in South-West derby
  • North Bristol RFC to host U18 Academy league clash
  • England U18s winger Jack Bates returns to starting line-up

Played on the brand new 4G surface, the Academy U18s league fixture takes place at the impressive Almondsbury site with free admission for supporters and plenty of parking available.

Without a win so far, Academy manager Mike Hall’s side will be determined to arrest a run of two successive defeats in the competition.

“It’ll be a significant boost to the boys to have a big support behind them, so I’d encourage as many Bristol fans as possible to come and back the team at North Bristol RFC.”

Academy manager Mike Hall

England U18s winger Jack Bates returns to the starting line-up, while Harry Ascherl and Blake Boyland – who have represented Bristol Bears ‘A’ in the Premiership Shield this season, are named in the side.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday’s challenge against a tough Exeter outfit. It’ll be a significant boost to the boys to have a big support behind them, so I’d encourage as many Bristol fans as possible to come and back the team at North Bristol RFC.”

Bristol Bears U18 team to face Exeter Chiefs U18 at North Bristol RFC on Saturday, January 5th (1.30pm KO):

15. Tom Wilstead, 14. Zach Kavanagh, 13. Tom Jones (c), 12. Harry Ascherl, 11. Jack Bates, 10. Tom Quinlan, 9. Blake Boyland; 1. Sean Ihegie, 2. Aaron Thompson, 3. Harry Samuel, 4.  Charlie Rice, 5. Morgan Strinati, 6. James Timoney, 7. Harry Chase, 8. Fergus Dick.

Replacements: 16. Charlie Squier, 17. Joel Coughlin, 18. Jay Burley, 19. Chris Moseley, 20. Andy Watson, 21. Abe Turner, 22. Jake Kendall, 23. Chay Mullins.