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Posted Friday, November 5th 2021

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Worcester Warriors - GP R8

Jake Woolmore is back in the side as Bristol Bears return to Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Club set for its 1,000th competitive match
  • Jake Woolmore returns in the front row
  • Callum Sheedy back from international duty to start at fly half

The loosehead prop is one of four changes for the visit of Worcester Warriors – a game that signals a significant milestone in Bristol’s history.

The round eight clash is the club’s 1000th competitive fixture. The first was November 1st, 1971, when Bristol beat Lydney 32-9 in the RFU club knockout competition.

Alapati Leiua comes into the backline, while Callum Sheedy is released from international duty to continue at fly half.

In the pack, Harry Thacker and Max Lahiff are included in the front row.

Bristol Bears team to face Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, November 6th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (51 apps); 14. Luke Morahan (84 apps), 13. Piers O’Conor (87 apps), 12. Alapati Leiua (87 apps), 11. Toby Fricker (19 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (113 apps), 9. Andy Uren (119 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (87 apps), 2. Harry Thacker (58 apps), 3. Max Lahiff (33 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (62 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (130 apps), 6. Sam Jeffries (35 apps), 7. Jake Heenan (c) (59 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (13 apps).

System players: 16. Jake Kerr (8 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (74 apps), 18. Jake Armstrong (21 apps), 19. John Hawkins (22 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (92 apps), 21. Tom Whiteley (2 apps), 22. Ioan Lloyd (47 apps), 23. Jack Bates (9 apps).

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne, John Afoa, Kyle Sinckler, Mitch Eadie, Chris Vui, Steven Luatua, Harry Randall, Semi Radradra, Henry Purdy, Siva Naulago.


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