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Posted Friday, October 9th 2020

Team news: Wasps vs Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears face a first Premiership semi-final in thirteen years when Pat Lam’s men travel to Ricoh Arena on Saturday (1.30pm KO).

  • Bears play first Premiership semi-final in 13 years
  • Bristol make four changes for Ricoh Arena clash
  • Steven Luatua returns to skipper the side
  • Sheedy starts following international call-up

The Director of Rugby – who has overseen a record points tally for the club in the top-flight regular season – selects an entirely new starting line-up to the side that suffered defeat to Wasps in round 20.

Skipper Steven Luatua returns to lead the side, while Nathan Hughes is also named in the back row.

Andy Uren is selected at scrum half while Callum Sheedy, fresh from an international call-up with Wales, also comes back into the side.

George Kloska is listed among the replacements with Will Capon (ankle) and Bryan Byrne (hamstring) unavailable.

Bristol Bears team to face Wasps Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, October 10th (1.30pm KO):

15. Max Malins; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Piers O’Conor; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. John Afoa, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes.

System players: 16. George Kloska, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Sam Bedlow, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Unavailable: Bryan Byrne (hamstring), Will Capon (ankle), Jake Armstrong (ankle), Max Lahiff (calf), Charles Piutau (achilles), Henry Purdy (hamstring).


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