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Posted Friday, February 4th 2022

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Newcastle Falcons - GP R15

Siva Naulago will make his first start of the campaign when Bears host Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (2pm KO).

  • Siva Naulago set for first start of the season
  • Tom Whiteley named at fly half for Falcons clash
  • Lam makes six changes from Scarlets clash

The winger – who scored on his return to action in the Champions Cup – is one of six changes for the Ashton Gate encounter.

Piers O’Conor and Andy Uren come into the backline, while Tom Whiteley is named at fly half.

Bristol are without three senior fly-half options as Callum Sheedy (Wales), Sam Bedlow (shoulder) are missing, while Ioan Lloyd has received a positive Covid-19 test and is unavailable for this fixture.

Harry Randall and Kyle Sinckler (England) are also away on international duty. Charles Piutau (achilles) is unavailable for selection.

Max Lahiff is selected in the front row and Dave Attwood comes into the pack. Sam Jeffries is listed among the replacements having returned from injury.

Bristol Bears team to face Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, February 5th (2pm KO):

15. Luke Morahan (90 apps); 14. Siva Naulago (12 apps), 13. Semi Radradra (28 apps), 12. Piers O’Conor (94 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (33 apps); 10. Tom Whiteley (5 apps), 9. Andy Uren (126 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (95 apps), 2. Bryan Byrne (23 apps), 3. Max Lahiff (37 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (65 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (c) (138 apps), 6. Chris Vui (80 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (100 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (21 apps).

System players: 16. Harry Thacker (64 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (80 apps), 18. John Afoa (78 apps), 19. Sam Jeffries (40 apps), 20. Steven Luatua (87 apps), 21. Tiff Eden (15 apps), 22. Antoine Frisch (4 apps), 23. Alapati Leiua (90 apps).

Unavailable: Kyle Sinckler, Harry Randall, Ioan Lloyd, Callum Sheedy, Sam Bedlow, Toby Fricker, Charles Piutau.


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