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Team news: Bristol Ladies Rugby vs Gloucester-Hartpury Women

Bristol Ladies go in search of a third successive victory of the campaign in the highly anticipated derby with Gloucester-Hartpury Women on Saturday (4.15pm KO).

Bristol Ladies play at Ashton Gate in round four of the Tyrells Premier 15s, immediately after Bristol Rugby’s Championship clash versus London Scottish.

The hosts make three changes to the side that overcame Firwood Waterloo last weekend, as Phoebe Murray comes into the backline, while Jessie Hood and Irish international Claire Molloy are selected in the pack.

Izzy Noel-Smith, Caity Mattinson and Amelia Buckland-Hurry, all of whom touched down last weekend, retain their places, while Amber Reed captains the side from centre.

Reed said: “We’re excited about the prospect of testing ourselves against unbeaten Gloucester-Hartpury, but also at the opportunity to showcase what we can do in front of the Bristol supporters at Ashton Gate.

“There’s been a buzz around the environment all week leading into this clash and it’s important we go out there with the mindset and deliver a strong performance.”

Bristol Ladies team to face Gloucester-Hartpury Women at Ashton Gate on Saturday, 7 October (4.15pm KO):

15. Lagi Tuima: 14. Cat McNaney, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (c), 11. Lottie Holland, 10. Lucy Attwood, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Jessie Hood, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry (vc), 5. Kate Newton, 6. Poppy Leitch, 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Izzy Noel-Smith. 

Replacements: 16. Carys Phillips, 17. Sasha Acheson, 18. Caryl Thomas, 19. Daisie Mayes, 20. Rhi Parker, 21. El Snowsill, 22. Becky Hughes.

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