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Tom Tainton

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Posted Friday, October 19th 2018

Team news: Zebre vs Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears go in search of back-to-back wins in the European Challenge Cup against Zebre on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Six changes from side that beat Zebre last weekend
  • Sam Bedlow and Jake Heenan make first competitive starts
  • Piers O’Conor and Jordan Crane recover from injury
  • Sam Graham included in 23-man squad

Pat Lam makes six changes for the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi clash, as Piers O’Conor and Jordan Crane recover from injury to start.

Sam Bedlow makes his first competitive start for the club in the midfield, while Harry Randall is also included.

In the pack, Steven Luatua is named in the side, while Jake Heenan is set for his first start for the Bears.

“Zebre will be a different beast in front of their home supporters and we need to embrace the challenge that awaits us in Parma. It’s a fantastic place to play rugby and we’re looking forward to the occasion.”

Head coach Pat Lam

Head coach Pat Lam said: “We showed some positive elements in our game last weekend and the focus is on ensuring we can deliver an eighty-minute performance.

“Zebre will be a different beast in front of their home supporters and we need to embrace the challenge that awaits us in Parma. It’s a fantastic place to play rugby and we’re looking forward to the occasion.”

Academy duo Sam Graham and Charlie Powell are included in the 23-man squad for the first time this season.

Bristol Bears team to face Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Saturday, October 20th (3pm KO):

15. Tom Pincus; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. Jake Armstrong, 4. Sam Jeffries, 5. Joe Batley, 6. Steven Luatua (cc), 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Jordan Crane (cc).

Replacements: 16. Nick Fenton-Wells, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. John Afoa, 19. Nick Haining, 20. Sam Graham, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Tusi Pisi, 23. Charlie Powell.

Unavailable: Harry Thacker (neck), Sione Faletau (calf), Lewis Thiede (knee), Aly Muldowney (neck), Chris Vui (groin), Joe Joyce (knee), John Hawkins (thumb), Joe Latta (eye), Ed Holmes (thumb), Dan Thomas (ribs), James Dun (knee), Tiff Eden (shoulder), Jack Tovey (knee), Siale Piutau (head), Will Hurrell (ankle), Mat Protheroe (knee), Charles Piutau (shoulder), Luke Daniels (hamstring), Aaron Chapman (hamstring), Luke Morahan (groin)