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Posted Friday, January 8th 2021

Team news: Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears

Ben Earl returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears face Exeter Chiefs in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday (4.30pm KO).

  • Lam makes six changes for Exeter Chiefs
  • Ben Earl back in starting line-up following rest period
  • Luke Morahan set for first start of campaign
  • First plays second in the Gallagher Premiership 

The England back rower is one of six changes to the side that secured a fourth straight Gallagher Premiership win last weekend, beating Newcastle 29-17.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam welcomes back his front rowers after their period of self-isolation as Jake Woolmore and Bryan Byrne come into the side, while Kyle Sinckler also starts.

Luke Morahan is named in the backline for his first start of the campaign and Harry Randall also returns at scrum half.

John Afoa, Yann Thomas and Will Capon are listed among the replacements for the Sandy Park clash.

Bristol Bears team to face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday, January 8th (4.30pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Piers O’Conor, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. John Afoa, 19. James Dun, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Max Lahiff, Ed Holmes, Chris Vui, Jake Heenan, Chris Cook, Sam Bedlow, Siale Piutau, Henry Purdy, Max Malins.


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