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Posted Friday, February 14th 2020

Team news: Northampton Saints vs Bristol Bears

Charles Piutau makes his return from injury when Bristol Bears face Northampton Saints on Sunday (3pm KO).

The full back is the only change to the side that beat Gloucester in round nine of the competition, as Bristol target back to back wins in the Gallagher Premiership.

Luke Morahan switches to the wing, while Shaun Malton continues at hooker with Harry Thacker (neck) unavailable.

“We’ve had a really beneficial two weeks of recovery and hard work on the training field to ensure we are fit and firing for a big test against a well-coached side."

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We’ve had a really beneficial two weeks of recovery and hard work on the training field to ensure we are fit and firing for a big test against a well-coached side.

“Credit to the conditioning and medical team, there’s excellent availability in the squad and we’re relishing this next block of Premiership fixtures, starting with Northampton Saints.”

Yann Thomas is included in the 23-man squad after recovering from an achilles injury, while Henry Purdy and Ian Madigan are also listed among the replacements.

Bristol Bears team to face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday, February 16th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Henry Purdy.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker (neck), Jordan Lay (knee), James Lay (leg), Max Lahiff (shoulder), Aly Muldowney (head), Siale Piutau (knee), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Will Hurrell (head), Charlie Powell (ankle).