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Posted Friday, March 6th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Harlequins

Bristol Bears go in search of a fifth straight victory in the Gallagher Premiership when Harlequins visit Ashton Gate on Sunday (1pm KO).

  • Bears go in search of fifth straight victory
  • Lam makes six changes for Ashton Gate clash
  • Purdy and Randall return to backline
  • Capon, Afoa, Thomas and Hughes listed in forwards

Pat Lam makes six changes to his team, as Henry Purdy returns to the backline in place of Piers O’Conor (ankle).

Harry Randall also comes into the starting line-up, while Will Capon and John Afoa are named in the front row.

In the back row, Bristol welcome back Dan Thomas and Nathan Hughes for the round 13 clash.

"We’re under no illusions now as to the challenge we face. We saw what Harlequins did against Exeter, so we have to have a good week, and so far, so good."

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam

Director of Rugby Lam said: “We’re under no illusions now as to the challenge we face. We saw what Harlequins did against Exeter, so we have to have a good week, and so far, so good.

“They were very good in the set piece last week, so we’ve got to do our work this week, or we’ll come unstuck. We lost to them in round two, so we have a goal to make sure we beat every team this year, and we have that challenge this week.”

Bryan Byrne is listed among the replacements and could make his competitive debut for the club from the bench. 

Bristol Bears team to face Harlequins at Ashton Gate on Sunday, March 8th (1pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Alapati Leiua, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Will Capon, 3. John Afoa, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Bryan Byrne, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Ioan Lloyd.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker (neck), Jordan Lay (knee), James Lay (leg), Nicky Thomas (calf), Aly Muldowney (head), Dave Attwood (shoulder), Sam Graham (shoulder), Siale Piutau (knee), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Will Hurrell (head), Charlie Powell (ankle), Piers O’Conor (ankle).


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