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Posted Friday, April 16th 2021

Team news: Newcastle Falcons vs Bristol Bears

Max Malins returns to the starting line-up for the first time in 2021 when Bristol return to Premiership action on Saturday (5pm KO).

  • Bears make nine changes for Falcons encounter
  • Max Malins set for first start in 2021
  • Siale Piutau and Jake Heenan to co-captain the side
  • Bristol on the hunt for sixth successive league win

The England international is one of nine changes from the side that suffered defeat in Europe in the club’s last outing.

Siale Piutau co-captains the side from the midfield for his first appearance since February, while Niyi Adeolokun and Piers O’Conor are also recalled for the Newcastle Falcons clash.

In the pack, Will Capon and John Afoa earn starts, while Fitz Harding and Ben Earl come into the back row. Jake Heenan co-captains the side from no. 8.

Ioan Lloyd is back to full fitness and listed among the replacements as Bristol head to Kingston Park in search of a sixth successive league victory.

Bristol Bears team to face Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday, April 17th (5pm KO):

15. Max Malins; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Siale Piutau (co-capt), 11. Niyi Adeolokun; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Will Capon, 3. John Afoa, 4. Chris Vui, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Fitz Harding, 7. Ben Earl, 8. Jake Heenan (co-capt).

System players: 16. George Kloska, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Jake Armstrong, James Dun, Steven Luatua, Harry Randall, Chris Cook, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago.


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