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Posted Thursday, May 19th 2022

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs - GP R25

Charles Piutau and Luke Morahan return to the Bears starting XV for Friday night’s Gallagher Premiership clash at Ashton Gate (7.45pm KO, live on PRTV).

  • Charles Piutau and Luke Morahan return to side
  • Steven Luatua switches to number eight
  • Dave Attwood, John Afoa and Alapati Leiua set for final Ashton Gate outings

WATCH LIVE ON PRTV

Pat Lam makes five changes for the Bears’ final home game of the season against the play-off chasing Chiefs, with Alapati Leiua, on his final appearance at Ashton Gate, switching to inside centre and Steven Luatua captaining the side from number eight.

Dave Attwood and John Afoa, also playing at home for the final time, both start in the pack, as the Bears look to sign off the season in style.

Immediately after full-time, the club will honour its 11 departing players with a jersey presentation on the pitch, led by Director of Rugby Pat Lam. Please stay to show your appreciation.

Bristol Bears team to play Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on Friday night (7.45pm):

15. Charles Piutau (62 apps), 14. Luke Morahan (96 apps), 13. Piers O’Conor (107 apps), 12. Alapati Leiua (102 apps), 11. Toby Fricker (27 apps), 10. Callum Sheedy (130 apps), 9. Harry Randall (83 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (106 apps), 2. Harry Thacker (75 apps), 3. John Afoa (86 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (74 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (150 apps), 6. Chris Vui (91 apps), 7. Sam Jeffries (52 apps), 8. Steven Luatua (c) (97 apps).

System players: 16. Bryan Byrne (30 apps), 17. Jono Benz-Salomon (5 apps), 18. Jake Armstrong (31 apps), 19. Fitz Harding (31 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (108 apps), 21. Andy Uren (133 apps), 22. Ioan Lloyd (60 apps), 23. Jack Bates (20 apps).

Unavailable: Yann Thomas, Kyle Sinckler, Max Lahiff, Jake Heenan, Mitch Eadie, Tom Whiteley, Sam Bedlow, Charlie Powell, Antoine Frisch, Siva Naulago, Semi Radradra, Rich Lane.


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