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Team news: Gloucester vs Bristol Bears - PC R3

Noah Heward will make his first competitive start for the club when Bristol Bears take on Gloucester in the Premiership Rugby Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Noah Heward to make first competitive start
  • Dan Thomas captains youthful side
  • 14 current or former Academy players in squad

The former Worcester flyer is named at full-back alongside Harry Rowson and Academy debutant Sami Hamid.

Dan Thomas captains a youthful side from the back row, while Tom Whiteley takes the number ten shirt.

Pat Lam includes 14 current or former Academy players in his matchday 23, with starts for Charlie Rice, Aaron Tull and Ed Harvey in the pack.

Bristol Bears team to play Gloucester in the Premiership Rugby Cup (3pm KO):

15. Noah Heward (debut), 14. Sami Hamid (debut), 13. Harry Ascherl (4 apps), 12. James Williams (2 apps), 11. Harry Rowson (3 apps), 10. Tom Whiteley (11 apps), 9. Oscar Lennon (5 apps); 1. Aristot Benz-Salomon (2 apps), 2. Jake Kerr (23 apps), 3. George Kloska (18 apps), 4. Charlie Rice (2 apps), 5. Joe Owen (1 app), 6. Aaron Tull (2 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (c) (115 apps), 8. Ed Harvey (1 app).

System players: 16. Fred Davies (1 app), 17. Tom Sims (2 apps), 18. Jay Tyack (2 apps), 19. Arthur Thomas (debut), 20. Macenzzie Duncan (5 apps), 21. Pete Carter (1 app), 22. Jac Lloyd (2 apps), 23. Freddie Owsley (debut).


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