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Posted Thursday, April 22nd 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs

Steven Luatua returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears face second placed Exeter Chiefs in a mouthwatering encounter on Friday evening (7.45pm KO).

  • Steven Luatua returns as skipper
  • Charles Piutau one of seven changes to side
  • Sam Bedlow comes into the midfield
  • Byrne, Sinckler, Attwood and Thomas in pack

The skipper is one of seven changes to Pat Lam’s side, who sit twelve points clear at the top of the Gallagher Premiership.

Charles Piutau comes in at full back, while Sam Bedlow also returns to the backline. Last weekend’s man of the match, Max Malins, switches to fly half with Callum Sheedy unavailable.

In the pack, Bryan Byrne and Kyle Sinckler are named in the front row, while Dave Attwood and Dan Thomas also earn starts for the Ashton Gate clash.

Bears include two current Academy players and two graduates among the replacements, as Harding, Lloyd, Capon and Joyce are all listed in the 23-man squad.

Bristol Bears team to face Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on Friday, April 23rd (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Luke Morahan; 10. Max Malins, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Jake Heenan.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Fitz Harding, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, James Dun, Ben Earl, Nathan Hughes, Harry Randall, Chris Cook, Callum Sheedy, Semi Radradra, Henry Purdy.


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