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Posted Friday, June 3rd 2022

Team news: Sale Sharks vs Bristol Bears - GP R26

Bristol Bears round off the Gallagher Premiership campaign with a visit to the AJ Bell on Saturday afternoon (3pm KO).

  • Last outings for John Afoa and Alapati Leiua before they depart for RC Vannes
  • Bates comes into the back line, while Kerr, Hawkins and Thomas earn starts in the pack
  • Hughes is listed among the replacements and will make his last appearance for the Bears

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John Afoa, Alapati Leiua and Nathan Hughes will make their last outings for the club before departing at the end of the season.

Jack Bates comes into the back line, while Jake Kerr, John Hawkins and Dan Thomas earn starts in the pack for the Sale Sharks encounter.

Bristol Bears team to play Sale Sharks at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, June 4th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (63 apps), 14. Luke Morahan (97 apps), 13. Jack Bates (21 apps), 12. Alapati Leiua (102 apps), 11. Toby Fricker (28 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (131 apps), 9. Harry Randall (84 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (107 apps), 2. Jake Kerr (20 apps), 3. John Afoa (87 apps), 4. John Hawkins (35 apps), 5. Chris Vui (92 apps), 6. Steven Luatua (c) (98 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (109 apps), 8. Sam Jeffries (53 apps).

System players: 16. Bryan Byrne (31 apps), 17. Jono Benz-Salomon (6 apps), 18. George Kloska (15 apps), 19. Ed Holmes (84 apps), 20. Nathan Hughes (53 apps), 21. Andy Uren (134 apps), 22. Ioan Lloyd (61 apps), 23. Henry Purdy (40 apps).

Unavailable: Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Yann Thomas, Max Lahiff, Jake Armstrong, Joe Joyce, Dave Attwood, Jake Heenan, Fitz Harding, Mitch Eadie, Theo Strang, Tiff Eden, Sam Bedlow, Antoine Frisch, Siva Naulago, Semi Radradra, Rich Lane, Piers O'Conor, Deago Bailey.


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