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Team news: Bristol Bears Women vs Harlequins Women - AP 15s

Bristol Bears Women welcome back 11 internationals from Six Nations duty for Saturday’s Allianz Premier 15s showdown with Harlequins at Ashton Gate (2.30pm KO).

  • Ward welcomes back 11 internationals following Six Nations
  • First league start of the season for Alice Lockwood
  • Amber Reed and Abbie Ward co-captain the side

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England’s Grand Slam winning trio Sarah Bern, Abbie Ward and Amber Reed are named in Dave Ward’s starting XV, alongside Wales’ Kayleigh Powell, Jasmine Joyce, Courtney Keight, Keira Bevan and Alisha Butchers.

Talia John and El Snowsill are included among the replacements, while in the pack, there’s a first league start of the season for Alice Lockwood following an impressive Allianz Cup campaign.

Keira Bevan partners Lucie Skuse at half back, with Phoebe Murray lining up alongside co-captain Reed in the midfield.

Powell, Keight and Joyce make up an all-Welsh back three, while in the engine room, England U20 lock Delaney Burns joins co-captain Ward.

Bristol Bears Women team to play Harlequins Women at Ashton Gate:

15. Kayleigh Powell, 14. Courtney Keight, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (cc), 11. Jasmine Joyce, 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. Keira Bevan; 1. Simi Pam, 2. Hannah West, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Delaney Burns, 5. Abbie Ward (cc), 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Alice Lockwood, 8. Rownita Marston.

System players: 16. Holly Phillips, 17. China Kill, 18. Ellie Mulhearn, 19. Talia John, 20. Manon Johnes, 21. Lucy Burgess, 22. Elinor Snowsill, 23. Ella Lovibond


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