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Team news: Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs - PC R1

Pat Lam has selected an exciting young team to face Exeter Chiefs in the opening round of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

  • Tom Whiteley captains the side on Wednesday night
  • All Bristolian Academy back-row named
  • Deago Bailey returns to action on the wing

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Seven current Academy players are named in the starting XV, with a further six among the replacements, including an all-Bristolian back-row of Aaron Tull, Ed Harvey and Macennzie Duncan.

Joe Owen and Morgan Eames are set for their first competitive starts in the engine room, while twins Jonny and Aristot make up a Benz-Salomon front-row either side of Bryan Byrne.

Sam Worsley partners Tom Whiteley at half-back for his first competitive start, while Academy centre Joe Jenkins starts in the midfield alongside James Williams.

Deago Bailey and Ioan Lloyd return from injury to start in the back three, with Harry Rowson also named.

Bristol Bears team to face Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup (7.45pm KO):

15. Ioan Lloyd, 14. Deago Bailey, 13. Joe Jenkins, 12. James Williams, 11. Harry Rowson; 10. Sam Worsley, 9. Tom Whiteley (c); 1. Toti Benz-Soloman, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Jono Benz-Soloman, 4. Morgan Eames, 5. Joe Owen, 6. Aaron Tull, 7. Macenzzie Duncan, 8. Ed Harvey.

System players: 16. Fred Davies, 17. Andrew Turner, 18. George Kloska, 19. Jimmy Halliwell, 20. Jake Kerr, 21. Oscar Lennon, 22. Dylan Power, 23. Harry Ascherl.


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