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Team news: Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Ladies

Amelia Buckland-Hurry captains Bristol Ladies as they travel away to face Loughborough Lightning in round 17 of the Tyrells Premier 15s.

With only three rounds of the Premier 15s competition left, Kim Oliver’s side are in need of a win to keep hopes of a top four finish alive.

Brooke Bradley is named at scrum-half as she returns to first team action after a long period on the sideline with injury, partnering vice-captain Lucy Attwood in the half-backs.

In the absence of Izzy Noel-Smith, Kate Newton is moved to the back row to start at number eight, with Hollie Cunningham coming in to partner Buckland-Hurry at lock.

The two sides last met back in round 8 when the Lightning beat Bristol, 8-12, at Cleve RFC.

Bristol Ladies team to face Loughborough Lightning on Saturday 10th March (3pm KO):

15. Chantelle Miell, 14. Lillian Stoeger-Goddard, 13. Sydney Gregson, 12. Phoebe Murray, 11. Merryn Doidge, 10. Lucy Attwood (VC), 9. Brooke Bradley; 1. Abbie Parsons, 2. Charlie Budge, 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Robyn Price, 7, Daisie Mayes, 8. Kate Newton.

Replacements: 16. Jess Thomas, 17. Michaelaa Roberts, 18. Esme Bird, 19.  Rowena Marston, 20. Maeve Liston, 21. Lucie Skuse 22. Gabby Gower.

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