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Posted Friday, December 28th 2018

Team news: Saracens Storm vs Bristol Bears 'A'

Tusi Pisi skippers Bristol Bears ‘A’ in the Premiership Shield clash with Saracens Storm on Sunday (12.10pm KO).

  • Game televised live on Freesports UK
  • Tusi Pisi skippers the side from midfield
  • James Lay makes first outing of the campaign

The fixture, televised live on Freesports UK, will be screened at Ashton Gate Stadium ahead of the Gallagher Premiership encounter with Newcastle Falcons (3pm KO).

Buoyed by an impressive victory over Gloucester United in their last outing, Bristol Bears ‘A’ name a strong side for the Allianz Park fixture.

"It’s important that we continue to build on our recent form in the Premiership Shield with back-to-back wins which have given us great momentum.”

Academy manager Mike Hall

Luke Daniels continues his return to match fitness at full back, while Jack Tovey is included in the midfield. Sam Bedlow and Nic Stirzaker form the half back partnership.

In the pack, Nick Haining starts at no. 8, while James Lay makes his first outing of the season having arrived in December.

Academy manager Mike Hall said: “Facing Saracens in any competition is one of the toughest tests for a team, so we are excited about the challenge that awaits us.

“It’s important that we continue to build on our recent form in the Premiership Shield with back-to-back wins which have given us great momentum.”

Bristol Bears ‘A’ team to face Saracens Storm at Allianz Park on Sunday, December 30th (12.10pm KO):

15. Luke Daniels; 14. Reiss Cullen, 13. Jack Tovey, 12. Tusi Pisi (c), 11. Charlie Powell, 10. Sam Bedlow, 9. Nic Stirzaker; 1. Jordan Lay, 2. George Kloska, 3. James Lay, 4. Ehize Ehizode, 5. John Hawkins, 6. Sam Graham, 7. Jack Capon, 8. Nick Haining.

Replacements: 16. Charlie Brabham, 17. Ollie Dawe, 18. Sione Faletau, 19. Dan Thurston, 20. George Harding, 21. Jack Bates, 22. Nathan Chamberlain, 23. Matt Welsh.


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