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Posted Thursday, March 11th 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Wasps

Nathan Hughes returns to the Bears line-up when Bristol welcome Wasps to Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • Bears make six changes for Wasps clash
  • Hughes and Byrne return from injury to start
  • Charles Piutau back in the side at full back
  • Tiff Eden set for first start since December

The back rower lines up against his former club in round 13, while Charles Piutau and Bryan Byrne also return for Pat Lam’s men.

Tiff Eden makes his first start since December, while Yann Thomas and Daniel Thomas are named in the pack.

Homegrown centre Charlie Powell is named among the replacements and could make his first Premiership outing of the season if called upon.

Bristol Bears team to face Wasps at Ashton Gate on Friday, March 12thΒ (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Henry Purdy, 12. Piers O’Conor, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Jake Woolmore, 28. John Afoa, 19. Chris Vui, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Charlie Powell, 23. Toby Fricker.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Ed Holmes, Ben Earl, James Dun, Harry Randall, Chris Cook, Max Malins, Ioan Lloyd, Callum Sheedy, Sam Bedlow, Semi Radradra, Alapati Leiua, Siale Piutau, Luke Morahan.


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