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Posted Friday, August 14th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Saracens

Semi Radradra will make his Bristol Bears debut when the Gallagher Premiership makes its long awaited comeback on Saturday as Saracens visit Ashton Gate (4.30pm KO).

  • Radradra set for Bristol Bears competitive debut
  • Sinckler and Earl listed among the replacements
  • Bryan Byrne set for first Bears start since permanent arrival
  • Bristol welcome Premiership champions to Ashton Gate

The Fijian international is named in a mouth-watering line-up that includes nine internationals as Pat Lam’s men return to competitive action behind closed doors, with the fixture broadcast live on BT Sport HD.

Hooker Bryan Byrne is set for his first start for the Bears too, while England duo Ben Earl and Kyle Sinckler are listed among the replacements and could make maiden outings from the bench.

“Of course, we wish our supporters were at Ashton Gate with us, but we know we will have Bears supporters all over the world tuning in to support the team."

Pat Lam, Director of Rugby

Director of Rugby Lam said: “After an unprecedented lockdown break since Round 13, it is such a great feeling to finally be back doing what we all love, and I’d like to pay tribute to our players and staff. To arrive back with a high percentage of the squad available for selection and in good condition is testament to the planning, attention to detail and positive mindset shown by all.

“While we acknowledge we have some world class players in our squad, as usual it’s more important that we channel all our excitement into a true Bears team performance if we want to have any chance against a quality team like Saracens.

“Of course, we wish our supporters were at Ashton Gate with us, but we know we will have Bears supporters all over the world tuning in to support the team. It’s been a long wait and we are delighted that Premiership Rugby is back.”

Bristol Bears team to face Saracens at Ashton Gate on Saturday, August 15th (4.30pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Callum Sheedy; 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. Max Lahiff, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Ben Earl, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Jake Armstrong (ankle), Joe Joyce (knee), Mitch Eadie (hamstring), Chris Cook (back), Sam Bedlow (shoulder), Piers O’Conor (neck), Toby Fricker (groin), Jack Bates (knee).


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