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Posted Friday, November 8th 2019

Team news: Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears

Harry Randall will make his first Premiership start of the campaign as Bristol Bears travel to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday (3pm KO).

  • Bears make three changes for Sandy Park outing
  • Harry Randall set for first Premiership start of campaign
  • Hurrell and Thacker return to starting line up
  • Will Capon could make Premiership debut from bench

The scrum half is one of three changes to Pat Lam’s side ahead of the Sandy Park clash, televised lived on BT Sport HD.

Harry Thacker is named in the front row in the only change to the pack, while Will Hurrell comes into the midfield with Piers O’Conor switching to the wing.

“Last year, we played them three times and we were all within one score – and it’s the little things done well that make the difference."

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam

Director of Rugby Lam said: “The need to be right physically for these sort of games is critical. Last year, we played them three times and we were all within one score – and it’s the little things done well that make the difference.

“This is close to an international, they’re real big games. You can do things perfectly nine times out of ten, but it’s that one mistake that can cost you the match, and that’s a good challenge for the growth of this team.”

England U20s hooker Will Capon and winger Toby Fricker are listed among the replacements and could make their Premiership debuts for the club if they feature.

Bristol Bears team to face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday, November 10th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Piers O’Conor; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Toby Fricker.

Unavailable: Shaun Malton (neck), Jake Armstrong (thumb), Tom Lindsay (hamstring), Blake Boyland (ankle), Alapati Leiua (knee), Jack Bates (hamstring), Luke Daniels (shoulder).