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Posted Thursday, September 19th 2019

Team news: Harlequins vs Bristol Bears

Toby Fricker will make his competitive debut for the club when Bristol Bears kick off the new season with a Premiership Cup clash versus Harlequins on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • Bears start new campaign in Premiership Cup at Harlequins
  • Toby Fricker and Max Lahiff set for competitive debuts
  • Jake Heenan captains the side from the back row
  • First competitive start for James Dun since November 2018

The winger – who arrived from Ebbw Vale in March – makes his first outing as Director of Rugby Pat Lam reveals his squad for the Twickenham Stoop encounter.

Tiff Eden makes his first competitive start from midfield, while Max Lahiff starts in the front row to make his competitive debut.

Jake Heenan captains the side from openside, alongside Academy back rower James Dun, who makes his first competitive outing since November 2018.

“In these next four games, it’s important for us to try out different combinations and test ourselves in a variety of situations as we build for the Premiership campaign.”

Director of Rugby Pat Lam

Shaun Malton is set to make his first Bears outing since December 2018, when Bristol faced La Rochelle in the European Challenge Cup pool stages.

“After a positive pre-season of hard work, it’s fantastic to be able to get out on the field in a competitive fixture,” said Lam.

“In these next four games, it’s important for us to try out different combinations and test ourselves in a variety of situations as we build for the Premiership campaign.”

Clifton College student Harry Ascherl and first year Academy winger Jack Bates are listed among the replacements after impressive pre-seasons and could make their competitive debuts, while Nicky Thomas is also included in the 23-man squad following his re-signing in the summer.

Bristol Bears team to face Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, September 20th (7.45pm KO):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Tom Pincus, 13. Sam Bedlow, 12. Tiff Eden, 11. Toby Fricker; 10. Ian Madigan, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Aly Muldowney, 5. Ed Holmes, 6. James Dun, 7. Jake Heenan (c), 8. Joe Batley.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Ollie Dawe, 18. Nicky Thomas, 19. John Hawkins, 20. George Kloska, 21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Harry Ascherl, 23. Jack Bates.