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Posted Friday, February 26th 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers

Joe Joyce returns to the starting line-up following a shoulder injury as Bristol Bears face Leicester Tigers on Saturday (1pm KO).

  • Bristol Bears make five changes for Leicester clash
  • Joe Joyce makes comeback from shoulder injury
  • Alapati Leiua and Ioan Lloyd included in backline
  • Jake Woolmore and Jake Heenan start in pack

Alapati Leiua replaces the suspended Sam Bedlow in the midfield, Ioan Lloyd starts at fly half as Callum Sheedy returns to Six Nations duty with Wales, and Niyi Adeolokun is included in the 23-man squad.

In the pack, Jake Woolmore comes into the front row, while Jake Heenan moves to no.8.

Bristol Bears team to face Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate on Saturday, February 27thย (1pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers Oโ€™Conor, 12. Alapati Leiua, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Ioan Lloyd, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Will Capon, 3. John Afoa, 4. Chris Vui, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Jake Heenan.

System players: 16. George Kloska, 17. Yann Thomas, 28. Jake Armstrong, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Fitz Harding, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Tiff Eden, 23. Niyi Adeolokun.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Bryan Byrne, Kyle Sinckler, Max Lahiff, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Dave Attwood, Ben Earl, James Dun, Nathan Hughes, Harry Randall, Chris Cook, Callum Sheedy, Max Malins, Sam Bedlow, Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau, Henry Purdy.


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