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Posted Friday, June 4th 2021

Team news: Leicester Tigers vs Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears can secure a home semi-final with victory at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Bears make seven changes for Tigers
  • Harry Randall to start for first time since January
  • Skipper Steven Luatua returns to line-up
  • Henry Purdy and Dan Thomas named for round 21 clash

Pat Lam makes seven changes for the round 21 encounter, as Harry Randall returns for his first Premiership start since January.

Steven Luatua also returns to the line-up, while Bristol include Dan Thomas alongside the skipper in the back row.

Siale Piutau comes into the midfield, with Piers O’Conor switching to the wing, while Henry Purdy is named in the back three.

Yann Thomas and Will Capon start in the front row as Bristol look to bounce back from defeat last weekend versus Sale Sharks.

Bristol Bears team to face Leicester Tigers at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday, June 5th (3pm KO): 

15. Max Malins; 14. Piers O’Conor, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Will Capon, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Jake Kerr, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Ben Earl, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne, George Kloska, Max Lahiff, James Dun, Chris Cook, Siva Naulago, Luke Morahan.


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