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Team News: Bristol Rugby v Bedford Blues

Tom Varndell, Will Cliff and Marc Jones are set to make their competitive debuts when Bristol face Bedford Blues in the Championship opener (3pm KO).

The trio – who arrived in the summer – are named in the starting fifteen for the Ashton Gate clash, with Jones taking on the captaincy.

Adrian Jarvis starts at fly half, while Jack Tovey and Ben Mosses form the midfield partnership.

In the pack, Jack O'Connell earns a start in the front row and James Phillips makes his first competitive appearance for the Club since May 2010.

Gavin Henson returns to fitness to be included among the 22-man squad on the replacements bench.

Bristol Rugby team to face Bedford Blues at Ashton Gate on Sunday, 6 September (3pm KO):

Jack Wallace; Tom Varndell, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Charlie Amesbury; Adrian Jarvis, Will Cliff; Jack O'Connell, Marc Jones (c), James Hall, James Phillips, Ben Glynn, Nick Koster, Olly Robinson, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Chris Brooker, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Gaston Cortes, Glen Townson, Joe Joyce, Craig Hampson, Gavin Henson.