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Posted Friday, March 19th 2021

Team news: Northampton Saints vs Bristol Bears

Alapati Leiua returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears travel to Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday (3pm KO).

  • Bears make three changes for Saints
  • Alapati Leiua only change to backline
  • John Afoa and Chris Vui added to pack
  • Bristol unbeaten in five Premiership outings

The Samoan international is one of three changes to Pat Lam’s side, who are unbeaten in five Gallagher Premiership fixtures.

John Afoa and Chris Vui come into the pack, while Bears welcome back Luke Morahan and Sam Bedlow to the matchday 23-man squad on the replacements bench.

Bristol Bears team to face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday, March 21st (3pm KO):

15. Henry Purdy; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Alapati Leiua, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. John Afoa, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. Will Capon, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Sam Bedlow, 23. Luke Morahan.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Dave Attwood, Ben Earl, James Dun, Harry Randall, Chris Cook, Max Malins, Ioan Lloyd, Callum Sheedy, Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau, Charles Piutau.


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