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Team news: Wasps vs Bristol Bears - GP R2

Luke Morahan will make his 100th competitive appearance for the Bears when they take on Wasps at the Coventry Building Society Arena in round two of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Luke Morahan set for his 100th competitive appearance
  • Jack Bates comes into the back three
  • Will Capon starts at hooker in Coventry

The 32-year-old becomes the 47th player to reach the landmark and the first Australian, as well as just the seventh from the Southern Hemisphere, joining David Lemi, Mariano Sambucetti, Iain Grieve, Gaston Cortes, Paul Johnston and Alapati Leiua.  

Morahan lines up in the back three alongside Charles Piutau and Jack Bates, who is one of three changes to the side that beat Bath in round one.

Will Capon starts at hooker while Jake Woolmore is also named in the front row in place of the rested Ellis Genge. Jake Heenan continues as captain in an unchanged back row.

Bristol Bears team to play London Wasps at the Coventry Building Society Arena (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau (65 apps), 14. Luke Morahan (99 apps), 13. Piers O'Conor (109 apps), 12. Sam Bedlow (48 apps), 11. Jack Bates (22 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (133 apps), 9. Harry Randall (86 apps); 1. Jake Woolmore (109 apps), 2. Will Capon (60 apps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (33 apps), 4. Joe Joyce (152 apps), 5. Chris Vui (94 apps), 6. Sam Jeffries (55 apps), 7. Jake Heenan (c) (66 apps), 8. Magnus Bradbury (1 apps).

System players: 16. Bryan Byrne (33 apps), 17. Yann Thomas (90 apps), 18. Max Lahiff (41 apps), 19. Ed Holmes (86 apps), 20. Sam Lewis (1 apps), 21. Andy Uren (136 apps), 22. AJ MacGinty (1 apps), 23. Rich Lane (6 apps).

Unavailable: Ellis Genge, Harry Thacker, Fred Davis, Joe Owen, Steven Luatua, Dan Thomas, Fitz Harding, Semi Radradra, Siva Naulago.


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