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Posted Thursday, October 15th 2020

Team news: RC Toulon vs Bristol Bears - Challenge Cup final

Bristol Bears face a first ever European final when Pat Lam’s men travel to Aix-en-Provence on Friday (8pm KO GMT).

  • Bears face first ever European final
  • Lam makes six changes from Premiership semi-final
  • Bears leading try scorers in competition this season

Bears go head to head with European giants RC Toulon at Stade Maurice-David looking to sign off an outstanding 2019/20 campaign with first major silverware since 1983.

Bristol Bears are this season’s leading try scorers (38) and points scorers (302) from their eight matches to date.

Lam makes six changes from the Premiership semi-final defeat, as Alapati Leiua and Harry Randall return to the backline.

In the pack, Dave Attwood lines up against his former side, while Dan Thomas, Yann Thomas and Kyle Sinckler are also included. 

John Afoa is listed among the replacements and could feature in his fifth European final if called upon.

Bristol Bears team to face RC Toulon in the European Challenge Cup final at Stade Maurice-David (8pm KO BST):

15. Max Malins; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Ben Earl.

System players: 16. George Kloska, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Piers O’Conor, 23. Niyi Adeolokun.

Unavailable: Will Capon (ankle), Max Lahiff (calf), Charles Piutau (achilles), Nathan Hughes (ribs), Andy Uren (foot), Henry Purdy (hamstring).


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