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Posted Thursday, October 7th 2021

Team news: Harlequins vs Bristol Bears - GP R4

Fitz Harding is set for his first outing of the season when Bristol Bears travel to the Premiership champions on Friday evening (7.45pm KO).

  • Three changes from victory over Bath
  • Fitz Harding makes first start of the season at blindside
  • Niyi Adeolokun comes in on the wing

The Academy graduate is one of three changes to the side that overcame Bath Rugby last weekend.

In the backline, Niyi Adeolokun returns as the only change, while Jake Kerr comes into the front row following his try scoring cameo in the West Country derby.

Chris Vui switches back into the second row with Harding lining up alongside Jake Heenan and skipper Steven Luatua in the back row.

Harry Thacker returns to fitness to be included among the replacements for the round four Gallagher Premiership clash.

Bristol Bears team to face Harlequins at The Stoop on Friday, October 8th (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Jake Kerr, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Fitz Harding, 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Steven Luatua (c).

System players: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne, John Afoa, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago, Luke Morahan.


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