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Posted Thursday, September 17th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Dragons

Bristol Bears face Dragons in the club’s first ever home European knockout fixture on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • Bears make 14 changes for Dragons quarter-final
  • Luatua skippers side including nine internationals
  • Randall back among replacements for Ashton Gate clash
  • Bristol targeting place in the semi-finals

The two sides have met in the Challenge Cup twice previously with each club registering a home win in the pool stage of the 2006/07 campaign.

Bristol have lost just one of their last ten Challenge Cup games and are unbeaten in their last six in a row – the club’s best run in the competition.

Pat Lam makes 14 changes from the side that faced Wasps last weekend for the Anglo-Welsh Cup clash.

Bears include nine internationals in the starting line-up as Steven Luatua skippers the side from the back row.

Harry Randall returns from a laceration injury to be included among the 23-man squad on the replacements bench.

Bristol Bears team to face Dragons Rugby at Ashton Gate on Friday, September 18th (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Piers O’Conor, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 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. Harry Randall, 22. Max Malins, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Jake Armstrong (ankle), Max Lahiff (concussion), James Dun (concussion).


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