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Posted Tuesday, September 29th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers

Sam Bedlow makes his comeback from a shoulder injury to start for the first time since the Gallagher Premiership restart on Wednesday (5.30pm KO).

  • Bedlow set for first outing since rugby restart
  • Bears make ten changes for Leicester Tigers clash
  • Adeolokun set for first home outing in Bristol jersey
  • Steven Luatua captains side at Ashton Gate

The centre is one of ten changes to the side that secured a Challenge Cup final berth last weekend as Bristol return to domestic action versus Leicester Tigers.

Only Callum Sheedy and Alapati Leiua retain their places in the backline, as Niyi Adeolokun is set for his first home outing in a Bears jersey.

In the pack, Steven Luatua captains the side from the back row, while Nathan Hughes and Kyle Sinckler are also retained from Friday’s starting line-up.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam includes Semi Radradra among his replacements, while Harry Ascherl could make his first Premiership outing at Ashton Gate, having featured once in the league on the road.

Bristol Bears team to face Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, September 30th (5.30pm KO):

15. Ioan Lloyd; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. Max Lahiff, 18. Jake Woolmore, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Harry Ascherl, 23. Semi Radradra.

Unavailable: Jake Armstrong (ankle), Charles Piutau (achilles), Henry Purdy (hamstring).


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