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Posted Thursday, December 2nd 2021

Team news: Gloucester vs Bristol Bears - GP R10

Harry Randall returns to the starting line-up as Bristol face Gloucester in the West Country derby on Friday evening (7.45pm KO).

  • Pat Lam makes six changes from Saints defeat
  • Steven Luatua returns to captain side from number eight
  • Harry Randall also back from injury to start
  • Semi Radradra named among replacements

The England international is one of six changes to the side that slipped to defeat against Northampton, as Pat Lam welcomes skipper Steven Luatua back into the side for the Kingsholm clash.

In the backline, Henry Purdy comes into midfield while Piers O’Conor switches to inside centre. Bears include John Afoa in the new-look front row alongside Jake Woolmore and Harry Thacker.

Dave Attwood is listed at lock, while Chris Vui switches to blindside flanker alongside Dan Thomas in the back row.

Lam is boosted by the return of Luke Morahan to the 23-man squad, while Semi Radradra could make his first outing of the season from the bench following his Olympic gold winning exploits in the summer. Homegrown prop Ashley Challenger could make his Premiership debut from the replacements bench.

Bristol Bears team to face Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Friday, December 3rd (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (53 apps); 14. Toby Fricker (22 apps), 13. Henry Purdy (27 apps), 12. Piers O’Conor (89 apps), 11. Alapati Leiua (89 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (115 apps), 9. Harry Randall (71 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (89 apps), 2. Harry Thacker (59 apps), 3. John Afoa (73 apps), 4. Dave Attwood (63 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (132 apps), 6. Chris Vui (74 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (95 apps), 8. Steven Luatua (83 apps) (c).

System players: 16. Jake Kerr (10 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (76 apps), 18. Ashley Challenger (2 apps), 19. Jake Heenan (61 apps), 20. Fitz Harding (15 apps), 21. Tom Whiteley (4 apps), 22. Semi Radradra (22 apps), 23. Luke Morahan (85 apps).

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne, Kyle Sinckler, Jake Armstrong, Max Lahiff, Sam Jeffries, Tiff Eden, Ioan Lloyd, Siva Naulago, Jack Bates, Charlie Powell.


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