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Team news: DMP Sharks vs Bristol Bears Women

Bristol Bears make eight changes for the visit to DMP Sharks on Saturday (11am KO).

  • Ward makes eight changes to side
  • Lucy Burgess and Lucie Skuse form half-back partnership
  • Grace White could make debut off the bench

Dave Ward’s side will aim to bounce back from two successive defeats in the Allianz 15s at the Darlington Arena.

Ward welcomes back Abbie Ward as captain, while Jasmine Joyce is also included in the backline.

Phoebe Murray comes into the midfield and Lucie Skuse and Lucy Burgess form a new look half back partnership.

In the pack, Ellie Mulhearn starts at loosehead, while Delaney Burns and Alisha Butchers return to the line-up.

Bears include England international scrum half Leanne Infante among the replacements.

Bristol Bears Women team to face DMP Sharks at Darlington Arena on Saturday, January 15th (11am KO):

15. Kayleigh Powell; 14. Jasmine Joyce, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Amber Reed (co-capt), 11. Jenny Hesketh; 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. Lucy Burgess; 1. Ellie Mulhearn, 2. Hannah West, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Delaney Burns, 5. Abbie Ward (co-capt), 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Jenny Herring, 8. Rownita Marston.

System players: 16. Holly Phillips, 17. China Kill, 18. Sophie Phillips, 19. Daisie Mayes, 20. Daisie Mayes, 20. Manon Johnes, 21. Leanne Infante, 22. Jo Smith, 23. Grace White.


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