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Posted Thursday, December 12th 2019

Team news: Stade Francais vs Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears travel to Paris on Saturday looking to maintain a 100% record in the competition (8pm KO GMT).

  • Bristol make eight changes for Stade Francais clash
  • Bears aiming to maintain 100% record in competition
  • Protheroe, Fricker, Sheedy and Stirzaker in backline
  • Capon, Lahiff, Holmes and Joyce come into pack

Director of Rugby Pat Lam makes eight changes to his Bristol side, who lead pool four with maximum points from three games so far.

In the backline, Mat Protheroe comes in at full back, while Toby Fricker – who has scored in every round of the Challenge Cup so far – starts on the wing.

Callum Sheedy and Nic Stirzaker form the new look half back partnership, while Academy product Will Capon and Max Lahiff return to the front row.

“We’ve had a fantastic start to the European Challenge Cup and we’ve made no secret of how important this competition is to us."

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam

Ed Holmes and Joe Joyce are named in the second row and Chris Vui skippers the side from the back row.

Lam said: “Fixtures in France are always tough and we’ve prepared well for another big challenge for the team on Saturday.

“We’ve had a fantastic start to the European Challenge Cup and we’ve made no secret of how important this competition is to us. Five points are on offer this weekend and that’s the focus.”

Samoan international James Lay is listed among the replacements at the Stade Jean Bouin clash, televised live on BT Sport HD 2.

Bristol Bears team to face Stade Francais at Stade Jean-Bouin on Saturday, December 14th (8pm KO GMT):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Toby Fricker, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Nic Stirzaker; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Will Capon, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Ed Holmes, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Chris Vui (c), 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. James Lay, 18. Nicky Thomas, 19. John Hawkins, 20. Luke Hamilton, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Luke Morahan.

Unavailable: Shaun Malton (neck), Yann Thomas (achilles), Lewis Thiede (neck), Dan Thomas (groin), Siale Piutau (knee), Jack Bates (hamstring), Luke Daniels (shoulder).