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TEAM NEWS: Bristol Rugby vs Bath Rugby

Tusi Pisi returns from a two-week suspension to start when Bristol host Bath in the European Challenge Cup on Friday (7.45pm KO).

The Samoan international is one of seven changes to the side ahead of the Ashton Gate clash.

Luke Arscott comes into the backline against his former club, while Billy Searle and Rhodri Williams form the half-back partnership.

In the pack, Max Crumpton is selected at hooker, while James Phillips and Jack Lam also start in the West Country derby.

“Friday’s Challenge Cup clash is a game we’re excited about; Bath’s first visit to Ashton Gate and our first home fixture of 2017,” said Head Coach Mark Tainton.

“We’re in a decent run of form at the moment, so it’s important we kick on and continue that momentum with a positive performance in front of our loyal supporters.”

Georgian international Giorgi Nemsadze is listed among the replacements and Jack Tovey is also included in the 23-man squad.

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on Friday, 13 January (7.45pm KO):

15. Luke Arscott; 14. Jack Wallace, 13. Thretton Palamo, 12. Tusi Pisi, 11. Tom Varndell; 10. Billy Searle, 9. Rhodri Williams; 1. Kyle Traynor, 2. Max Crumpton, 3. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 4. James Phillips, 5. Ben Glynn, 6. Jack Lam, 7. Olly Robinson (c), 8. Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: 16. Marc Jones, 17. Ryan Bevington, 18. Gaston Cortes, 19. Giorgi Nemsadze, 20. Joe Joyce, 21. Will Cliff, 22. Adrian Jarvis, 23. Jack Tovey.

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