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Team news: Bristol Rugby vs Harlequins

Bristol Rugby have named a 36-man squad for the opening pre-season friendly versus Harlequins on Saturday (2.30pm KO).

Pat Lam’s men face the Aviva Premiership outfit at Cleve RFC, with a number of players – including Ian Madigan and Mat Protheroe – set to make their first appearance in the blue and white hoops.

17 year-old Bristol Grammar School student and former Thornbury Broncos winger Charlie Powell is included after impressing during pre-season, while former England U18 winger Aaron Chapman is on trial and earns a place in the squad.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available online by clicking here, while season card holders can watch for free – simply bring your confirmation email for your 2017/18 season card booking as proof of entry.

Bristol Rugby squad to face Harlequins at Cleve RFC on Saturday, 5 August (2.30pm KO):

FORWARDS: Soane Tonga’uiha, Jason Harris-Wright, Gaston Cortes, Joe Joyce, Joe Batley, Nick Fenton-Wells, Olly Robinson, Nick Haining, Alex Giltrow (trialist), Jack O’Connell, Ross McMillan, Sione Faletau, John Hawkins, Joe Latta, Sam Jeffries, Dan Thomas, Jordan Crane, Tyler Gendall, Jack Cosgrove, Chris Brooker.

BACKS: Jordan Williams, Mat Protheroe, Ryan Edwards, Aaron Chapman (trialist), Jack Tovey, Matt Welsh, Sam Bedlow, James Newey, Tom Varndell, Charlie Powell (Academy U18s), Billy Searle, Callum Sheedy, Ian Madigan, Reiss Cullen, Ryan Glynn, Rhodri Williams.

Unavailable: Ryan Bevington, Ollie Dawe, Anthony Perenise, Giorgi Nemsadze, Dan Tuohy, Ehize Ehizode, Chris Vui, Jack Lam, Andy Uren, Tusi Pisi, Thretton Palamo, Siale Piutau, Alapati Leiua, Will Hurrell, Luke Morahan, Jack Wallace, George Perkins, David Lemi, Steven Luatua, Jordon Liney.

Mark Bakewell looks ahead to Harlequins clash at Cleve RFC on Saturday

Winger Tom Varndell relishing the prospect of getting back to matchday action

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