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Posted Thursday, November 25th 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Northampton Saints - GP R9

Chris Vui is back in the starting line-up as Bristol Bears return to league action on Friday evening versus Northampton Saints (7.45pm KO).

  • Pat Lam makes three changes from last Gallagher Premiership outing
  • Chris Vui returns to action for visit of Saints
  • Jake Kerr and Henry Purdy also back in starting lineup

The Samoan international is one of three changes to the side that overcame Worcester in the last Gallagher Premiership outing.

Jake Kerr also comes into the pack, while Lam welcomes Henry Purdy into the backline for the Ashton Gate encounter.

George Kloska is named in the 23-man Premiership squad for the first time this season as Bears go in search of a third consecutive victory in the competition.

Bristol Bears team to face Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate on Friday, November 26th (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (52 apps); 14. Toby Fricker (21 apps), 13. Piers O’Conor (88 apps), 12. Alapati Leiua (88 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (26 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (114 apps), 9. Andy Uren (121 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (89 apps), 2. Jake Kerr (9 apps), 3. Max Lahiff (34 apps), 4. Joe Joyce (131 apps), 5. Chris Vui (73 apps), 6. Sam Jeffries (38 apps), 7. Jake Heenan (c) (60 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (14 apps).

System players: 16. Will Capon (53 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (75 apps), 18. George Kloska (12 apps), 19. John Hawkins (24 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (94 apps), 21. Tom Whiteley (3 apps), 22. Sam Bedlow (40 apps), 23. Niyi Adeolokun (19 apps).

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne, Harry Thacker, John Afoa, Kyle Sinckler, Steven Luatua, Harry Randall, Tiff Eden, Ioan Lloyd, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago, Luke Morahan, Jack Bates.


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