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Posted Friday, December 18th 2020

Team news: Connacht Rugby vs Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears have been handed a boost with the return of skipper Steven Luatua ahead of the Champions Cup clash versus Connacht on Sunday (5.30pm KO).

  • Steven Luatua returns to captain side
  • Siva Naulago set for full competitive debut
  • Bristol make four changes from last weekend
  • Kyle Sinckler to start in Galway

The All Black is set for his first outing of the campaign as Bristol go in search of a first victory in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Bears make four changes from the side that suffered defeat to Clermont Auvergne, as Siva Naulago is set for his first competitive start. International prop Kyle Sinckler comes into the side, while Dave Attwood is also named in the pack for the Galway Sportsground encounter.

Niyi Adeolokun is listed among the replacements and could feature from the bench against his former side.

Bristol Bears team to face Connacht at the Galway Sportsground on Sunday, December 20th (5.30pm KO):

15. Max Malins; 14. Siva Naulago, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Ed Holmes, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Max Lahiff, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Niyi Adeolokun.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Chris Vui, James Dun, Chris Cook Sam Bedlow, Semi Radradra, Luke Morahan, Charles Piutau, Henry Purdy.


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