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TEAM NEWS: Ulster Ravens vs Bristol Rugby

Tommaso Benvenuti is set for his first outing of the campaign when Bristol face Ulster in the opening round of the B&I Cup on Friday (7.30pm KO).

The Italian international – who represented his country during the World Cup – comes into a much-changed backline that also sees George Watkins and Callum Sheedy earn first competitive starts of the season.

Chris Brooker returns from a loan spell at Gloucester to start in the front row, while Tom Ellis makes his competitive debut for the Club after joining from Bath on a dual-registration agreement.

Gareth Maule is listed among the replacements and could make his first outing of the season after recovering from a long-term hip injury.

Marc Jones (hip) remains sidelined, while Ian Evans (knee), Dwayne Peel (shoulder), Olly Robinson (ankle) and Ben Glynn (shoulder) are also absent.

Bristol Rugby team to face Ulster Ravens at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday, 13 November (7.30pm KO):

Luke Arscott; George Watkins, Tommaso Benvenuti, Ben Mosses (c), Charlie Amesbury; Callum Sheedy, Craig Hampson; Ellis Genge, Chris Brooker, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Tom Ellis, Mark Sorenson, Nick Koster, Max Crumpton, Rayn Smid.

Replacements: James Stephenson, James Hall, Glen Townson, Jack Davies, Andy Uren, Adrian Jarvis, Gareth Maule.

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