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Team news: Gloucester Hartpury vs Bristol Bears Women

Kim Oliver makes four changes to the Bristol Bears Women starting line-up that will travel to face Gloucester-Hartpury tomorrow in round eleven of the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s (1pm KO). 

Michaella Roberts returns to the starting fifteen at loose-head prop, whilst Esme Bird will start in the second row in place of the injured Kate Newton. 

There has been a reshuffle in the back row, Mackenzie Carson will start at blindside flanker instead of Ebony Jefferies, who is ruled out with concussion and Rownita Marston comes into start at number eight. 

Lucie Skuse will partner Caity Mattinson at half-back for the West Country derby, whilst Phoebe Murray returns at inside-centre to resume her partnership with the in form Lucy Attwood. 

Bristol Bears Women’s electric back three of Cat McNaney, Lilly Stoeger-Goddard and Merryn Doidge remains unchanged. 

Caryl Thomas is in line to make her first Tyrrell’s Premier 15s appearance of the season as she has been named amongst the Impact Players. 

The two sides last met back in round three of the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s when Bristol Bears Women ran out, 43-5 winners in the double header at Ashton Gate.

Bristol Bears Women squad in full that will travel to face Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday, December 8th (1pm KO):

15. Merryn Doidge, 14. Lilly Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Lucy Atwood, 12. Phoebe Murray, 11. Cat McNaney, 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Michaella Roberts, 2. Clara Nielson, 3. Jeanine Stephenson, 4. Esme Bird, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Mackenzie Carson, 7. Poppy Leitch, 8. Rownita Marston. 

Impact Players: 16. Jess Thomas, 17. Caryl Thomas, 18. Daisie Mayes, 19. Kyara Martin, 20. Lucy Burgess, 21. Becky Hughes, 22. Brooke Clarke.