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Posted Friday, March 11th 2022

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Harlequins - GP R20

Fitz Harding returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears host Premiership champions Harlequins on Sunday (3pm KO).

  • Pat Lam makes seven changes from Bath defeat
  • Max Green and Rich Lane set for debuts
  • Piers O'Conor could make 100th appearance from bench

The No.8 is one of seven changes to Pat Lam’s side, as loan duo Rich Lane (Bedford Blues) and Max Green (Bath Rugby) are set for their first starts for the club. Green comes into the starting lineup with Oscar Lennon suffering a calf injury.

Steven Luatua comes back into the line-up as captain, while Bryan Byrne earns a start in the front row alongside Yann Thomas, with Jake Woolmore (calf) ruled out.

In the backline, Henry Purdy is selected, while Ioan Lloyd (facial injury) is unavailable.

Piers O’Conor is listed among the replacements and could make his 100th competitive outing for the Bears, while John Afoa also returns to fitness to be included in the matchday squad.

Bristol Bears team to face Harlequins at Ashton Gate Stadium on Sunday, March 13th (3pm KO):

15. Rich Lane (0 apps); 14. Alapati Leiua (95 apps), 13. Semi Radradra (33 apps), 12. Antoine Frisch (8 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (37 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (123 apps), 9. Max Green (0 apps); 1. Yann Thomas (85 apps), 2. Bryan Byrne (26 apps), 3. Jake Armstrong (25 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (68 apps), 5. Chris Vui (85 apps), 6. Steven Luatua (c) (92 apps), 7. Sam Jeffries (45 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (24 apps).

System players: 16. Jake Kerr (15 apps), 17. Ashley Challenger (5 apps), 18. John Afoa (79 apps), 19. Joe Joyce (142 apps), 20. Jake Heenan (66 apps), 21. Theo Strang (6 apps), 22. Tiff Eden (18 apps), 23. Piers O’Conor (99 apps).

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Jake Woolmore, Max Lahiff, Harry Randall, Andy Uren, Tom Whiteley, Toby Venner, Oscar Lennon, Sam Bedlow, Toby Fricker, Charles Piutau, Luke Morahan, Charlie Powell, Ioan Lloyd.


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