BEARS TEAM NEWS Fit-again Thomas back to face Tigers

Bristol Bears light logoBack row forward Dan Thomas returns from injury in one of five changes to Bristol Bears starting XV at Leicester Tigers today, 1300ko.

Harry Randall and Will Hurrell come into the Bears backline while Alapati Leiua switches to the wing.

Ed Holmes is named in the engine room, while Jordan Lay is set for his first Premiership start of the season in the front row.

Nathan Hughes will make his 100th Premiership appearance in the round eight clash.

Ian Madigan and Nic Stirzaker come onto the bench and could make their first league outings of the campaign if called upon.

Bristol Bears starting 15 Charles Piutau; 14. Toby Fricker, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Will Hurrell, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jordan Lay, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. John Afoa, 4. Chris Vui, 5. Ed Holmes, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Ready on the bench 16. Will Capon, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Dave Attwood, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Luke Morahan.

Unavailable Shaun Malton (neck), Yann Thomas (achilles), Jake Armstrong (groin), Lewis Thiede (neck), Aly Muldowney (head), Joe Joyce (illness), Adrian Choat (ankle), Ioan Lloyd (illness), Siale Piutau (knee), Sam Bedlow (illness), Jack Bates (hamstring), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Ryan Edwards (head), Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (hamstring), Mat Protheroe (illness)

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