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Team news: Bristol Bears U18s vs Gloucester U18s

Bristol Bears U18s host Gloucester U18s in round two of the U18 Academy League on Friday (7pm KO).

  • Bristol Bears U18 eager to bounce back from opening day defeat
  • Tom Jones captains from outside centre
  • Academy U18 League derby clash at UWE Hillside

The derby clash – which takes place at UWE Hillside Gardens – had been originally scheduled for Saturday, December 22nd.

Academy manager Mike Hall’s side will look to bounce back from a heavy defeat at the hands of Harlequins in the opening round of the competition.

“We were disappointed with last week’s performance, but it’s been a quick turnaround and the boys have an opportunity to put things right under the floodlights.”

Academy manager Mike Hall

He said: “We were disappointed with last week’s performance, but it’s been a quick turnaround and the boys have an opportunity to put things right under the floodlights.

“Gloucester are a team with plenty of quality, so we are under no illusions about the challenge ahead but there’s a collective determination to deliver a performance.”

Bristol Bears U18 team to face Gloucester U18 at UWE Hillside Gardens on Friday, December 21st (7pm KO):

15. Harry Ascherl, 14. Freddie Wooler, 13. Sam Grimshaw, 12. Tom Jones (c), 11. Tom Unsworth, 10. Tom Quinlan, 9. Blake Boyland; 1. Charlie Squier, 2. Joel Coughlin, 3. Jay Burley, 4.  Charlie Rice, 5. James Timoney, 6. Andrew Hewitt, 7. Ben Tothill, 8. Harry Chase.

Replacements:16. Sean Ihegie, 17. Aaron Thompson, 18. Harry Samuel, 19. Fergus Dick, 20. Andy Watson, 21. Tom Stephens, 22. Jake Kendall, 23. Zach Kavanagh.