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Posted Thursday, December 24th 2020

Team news: Harlequins vs Bristol Bears

Semi Radradra returns to the starting line-up ahead of the Boxing Day showdown versus Harlequins on Saturday (2pm KO).

  • Radradra to make first outing of the new campaign
  • Bristol make five changes for Boxing Day clash
  • Yann Thomas, Will Capon, John Afoa and Dan Thomas come into pack

The Fijian international is set for his first outing of the campaign as Bristol visit the Twickenham Stoop looking for a third successive victory in the Gallagher Premiership.

Bears make five changes from the line-up that beat Connacht last weekend. Radradra is the only change to the backline, while Yann Thomas, John Afoa and Will Capon come into the front row.

Dan Thomas is also named in the pack, while Steven Luatua skippers the side for his first Premiership outing of the season.

International duo Kyle Sinckler and Ben Earl are given a mandatory two week rest and wonโ€™t be available for the round four encounter.

Bristol Bears team to face Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday, December 26th (2pm KO):

15. Max Malins; 14. Siva Naulago, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Piers Oโ€™Conor, 11. Ioan Lloyd; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Will Capon, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Ed Holmes, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Bryan Byrne, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Alapati Leiua, 23. Niyi Adeolokun.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Chris Vui, Ben Earl, Chris Cook, Sam Bedlow, Siale Piutau, Luke Morahan, Charles Piutau, Henry Purdy.


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