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Team news: Newcastle Falcons vs Bristol Bears - GP R4

Jack Bates returns to the starting XV for Bristol Bears’ trip to face Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Friday night (7.45pm KO, live on BT Sport).

  • Jack Bates returns to line-up at outside centre
  • Henry Purdy comes in on the wing
  • Lam makes five changes from Irish victory

The centre is one of five changes from the side that overcame London Irish in a thrilling round three clash at Ashton Gate, with Rich Lane switching to full back and Henry Purdy earning a start on the wing.

Piers O’Conor switches to inside centre to partner Bates, while there’s a first start of the season for Andy Uren at scrum half.

In the pack, Jake Woolmore replaces Ellis Genge at loose head with Yann Thomas returning to the squad among the system players.

Bristol Bears team to play Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Friday night (7.45pm KO):

15. Rich Lane (8 apps), 14. Luke Morahan (101 apps), 13. Jack Bates (23 apps), 12. Piers O'Conor (111 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (42 apps); 10. AJ MacGinty (3 apps), 9. Andy Uren (138 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (111 apps), 2. Will Capon (62 apps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (34 apps), 4. Ed Holmes (88 apps), 5. Joe Joyce (154 apps), 6. Chris Vui (96 apps), 7. Jake Heenan (c) (68 apps), 8. Magnus Bradbury (3 apps).

System players: 16. Harry Thacker (77 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (91 apps), 18. Max Lahiff (43 apps), 19. John Hawkins (37 apps), 20. Dan Thomas (110 apps), 21. Harry Randall (88 apps), 22. Callum Sheedy (135 apps), 23. Sam Bedlow (50 apps).

Unavailable: Ellis Genge, Steven Luatua, Sam Jeffries, Sam Lewis, Fitz Harding, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago, Toby Fricker, Gabriel Ibitoye.


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