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Posted Thursday, January 28th 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Bath Rugby

Chris Vui returns to the starting line-up ahead of the hotly anticipated West Country derby at Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • Chris Vui returns to starting line-up
  • Bears make six changes for derby clash
  • Ioan Lloyd and Andy Uren form half back partnership

The Samoa captain is one of six changes to the side that beat Exeter Chiefs in round six to go top of the Gallagher Premiership.

Henry Purdy and Andy Uren come back into the side, while Ioan Lloyd is selected at fly half. In the pack, John Afoa and Dan Thomas earn starts for the Bath Rugby clash.

Max Malins, Harry Randall and Ben Earl are unavailable on international duty, while Kyle Sinckler is serving the first game of a two-match ban. Callum Sheedy is included among the replacements having been released from Wales camp on Thursday.

Bristol Bears team to face Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on Friday, January 29th (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Piers O’Conor, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Ioan Lloyd, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Jake Armstrong, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Callum Sheedy, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Pete McCabe, Max Lahiff, Joe Joyce, Ben Earl, James Dun, Harry Randall, Siva Naulago, Max Malins.


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