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Team news: Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers

Semi Radradra makes his long-awaited return from injury when Bristol Bears host Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate on Saturday night (8pm KO).

  • Semi Radradra makes long-awaited injury return
  • Ellis Genge back from international duty
  • Jake Heenan starts at number eight

The Fijian superstar partners Piers O’Conor in the midfield, with Will Porter and Callum Sheedy at half back.

Deago Bailey comes into the side on the wing in place of the injured Luke Morahan, joining Gabriel Ibitoye and Charles Piutau in the back three.

Ellis Genge returns from England duty in the front row, while there are two changes in the back row, with Sam Lewis and Jake Heenan replacing the absent Fitz Harding and Magnus Bradbury.

Bristol Bears team to face Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate on Saturday (8pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (70 apps), 14. Deago Bailey (4 apps), 13. Semi Radradra (38 apps), 12. Piers O’Conor (117 apps), 11. Gabriel Ibitoye (3 apps), 10. Callum Sheedy (142 apps); 9. Will Porter (4 apps); 1. Ellis Genge (28 apps), 2. Bryan Byrne (39 apps), 3. Max Lahiff (51 apps), 4. Chris Vui (101 apps), 5. Joe Batley (26 apps), 6. Steven Luatua (c) (100 apps), 7. Sam Lewis (6 apps), 8. Jake Heenan (78 apps).

System players: 16. Harry Thacker (84 apps), 17. Jake Woolmore (118 apps), 18. Jay Tyack (3 apps), 19. John Hawkins (44 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (116 apps), 21. Andy Uren (144 apps), 22. AJ MacGinty (9 apps), 23. Joe Jenkins (4 apps).

Unavailable: Yann Thomas, Kyle Sinckler, Will Capon, Ed Holmes, Joe Joyce, Morgan Eames, Sam Jeffries, Fitz Harding, Magnus Bradbury, Harry Randall, Ioan Lloyd, Sam Bedlow, James Williams, Siva Naulago, Toby Fricker, Jack Bates, Luke Morahan, Noah Heward.


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