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Team news: Gloucester Rugby vs Bristol Bears - GP R6

Fitz Harding will make his first Gallagher Premiership appearance of the season when Bristol Bears take on West Country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday (3pm KO, live on BT Sport).

  • Fitz Harding returns to the squad
  • Tom Whiteley makes first start since February
  • Bears looking to bounce back from successive defeats

Harding slots in at number eight in the absence of Magnus Bradbury, while Tom Whiteley is set for a first league start since February against the Cherry and Whites, replacing the injured Harry Randall in the number nine shirt.

Joe Batley, who joined from Worcester Warriors last week, is named in the second row alongside captain Joe Joyce, while in the back three, Luke Morahan and Henry Purdy both return to the starting XV.  

Bristol Bears team to play Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (67 apps), 14. Luke Morahan (102 apps), 13. Piers O'Conor (113 apps), 12. Sam Bedlow (52 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (43 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (137 apps), 9. Tom Whiteley (9 apps); 1. Ellis Genge (27 apps), 2. Will Capon (65 apps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (37 apps), 4. Joe Batley (20 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (c) (156 apps), 6. Chris Vui (98 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (113 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (32 apps).

System players: 16. Harry Thacker (78 apps), 17. Jake Woolmore (112 apps), 18. Max Lahiff (44 apps), 19. John Hawkins (39 apps), 20. Sam Lewis (2 apps), 21. Andy Uren (139 apps), 22. AJ MacGinty (5 apps), 23. Jack Bates (25 apps).

Unavailable: Jake Kerr, Steven Luatua, Jake Heenan, Sam Jeffries, Magnus Bradbury, Harry Randall, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago, Gabriel Ibitoye.


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