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Team news: Bristol Bears Women vs Exeter Chiefs Women

Dave Ward has named a strong side to take on Exeter Chiefs Women in the Allianz Premier 15s curtain raiser at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday (12pm).

  • Reed and Ward co-captain the side
  • Joyce lines up at full-back
  • 4 players make their full debuts

A bumper crowd is expected in BS16 as the Bears look to start the new season with a bang at Shaftesbury Park against their West Country rivals.

After naming Amber Reed and Abbie Ward co-captains for the upcoming season they line-up at inside centre and lock respectively, with Ward making her league bow for the Bears.

Hannah West is another debutant who lines up at hooker – Simi Pam and Sarah Bern pack down either side of her to make up the remainder of the powerful front row trio.

Olympic starlet Jasmine Joyce is in from the jump at full-back as she look set to light up the AP15s for a second season.

Young Bath University duo Grace Crompton and Jenny Hesketh line-up on either wings to also make their full debuts for the Bears.

There is still time for supporters to purchase their tickets in advance for Saturday’s fixture at Shaftesbury Park, which will kick-off at midday.

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Bristol Bears Women team in full:

15. Jasmine Joyce, 14. Grace Crompton, 13. Pheobe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (CC), 11. Jenny Hesketh, 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Keira. Bevan; 1. Simi Pam, 2. Hannah West, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Natalia John, 5. Abbie Ward (CC), 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Manon Johnes, 8. Siwan Lillicrap

Replacements: 16. Robyn Lock, 17. China Kill, 18. Sophie Phillips, 19. Hollie Cunningham, 20. Daisie Mayes, 21. Lucy Burgess, 22. Lucie Skuse, 22. Megan Webb


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