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Posted Friday, April 12th 2019

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Saracens

Sam Bedlow will make his first Gallagher Premiership start against Saracens on Saturday (5.30pm KO).

  • Sam Bedlow set for first Premiership start
  • Bristol make five changes for Saracens clash
  • Tom Pincus, Mat Protheroe and Andy Uren included
  • Nick Haining returns to line-up at no.8

The centre is one of five changes to the side that suffered defeat against Bath last weekend.

Mat Protheroe, Tom Pincus and Andy Uren come into the backline, while Siale Piutau has returned to Auckland for a family bereavement.

“These are the sort of games we want to play. We’re up against one of the best teams in the country, back home, and we’re excited about that.”

Head coach Pat Lam

In the only change to the pack, Nick Haining comes in at no. 8 in place of Jordan Crane (hamstring).

Head coach Pat Lam said: “These are the sort of games we want to play. We’re up against one of the best teams in the country, back home, and we’re excited about that.

“There’s five points on offer and that’s our focus. Our mindset is about how we can win this game and selecting a team that we believe can achieve that.”

Jake Heenan returns to the replacements bench, while George Smith is also listed among the 23-man squad.

Bristol Bears team to face Saracens at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, April 13th (5.30pm KO):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Tom Pincus, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy (co-capt), 9. Andy Uren; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. John Afoa, 4. Ed Holmes, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steve Luatua (co-capt), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nick Haining.

Replacements: 16. Nick Fenton-Wells, 17. James Lay, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. George Smith, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Tusi Pisi.

Unavailable: Tom Lindsay (illness), Will Capon (shoulder), Shaun Malton (groin), Joe Latta (eye), Joe Joyce (ankle), John Hawkins (elbow), Sam Jeffries (ankle), James Dun (knee), Jordan Crane (hamstring), Jack Tovey (rib), Will Hurrell (shoulder), Siale Piutau (family bereavement), Ryan Edwards (shoulder), Charles Piutau (calf), Luke Morahan (shoulder), Luke Daniels (head), Aaron Chapman (knee).