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Posted Thursday, September 24th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Bordeaux-Bègles

Siale Piutau makes his return to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears set their sights on the European Challenge Cup semi-final on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • Siale Piutau makes return to starting line-up
  • Bears make five changes for semi-final clash
  • Purdy and Charles Piutau miss out through injury
  • Bears in first Challenge Cup semi-final since 2000

The former Tongan international captain is one of five changes to the side that overcame Dragons in the quarter-finals.

Ed Holmes comes into the second row in place of Dave Attwood, while Harry Randall starts in place of Andy Uren. Max Malins is named at full back in place of Charles Piutau (achilles) and Alapati Leiua comes in for Henry Purdy (hamstring).

Bristol have reached the Challenge Cup semi-final for just the second time, and their only previous appearance at this stage was a 51-27 defeat by Pau in 1999/2000.

Bears include Academy utility back Ioan Lloyd among the replacements for the Ashton Gate clash.

Bristol Bears team to face Bordeaux-Bègles at Ashton Gate on Friday, September 25th (7.45pm KO):

15. Max Malins; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Ed Holmes, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Piers O’Conor.

Unavailable: Jake Armstrong (ankle), James Dun (concussion), Charles Piutau (achilles), Henry Purdy (hamstring).


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