BRISTOL BEARS Lahiff, Purdy and Hawkins recalled

Bristol Bears light logoMax Lahiff returns to Bristol first XV against Sale Sharks tonight on home turf (1945ko).

The former Bath prop is one of three changes to the Bears side pipped 19-13 in the Premiership at Exeter last Saturday.

Henry Purdy is recalled to the Bristol backline while John Hawkins returns in the second row.

Jake Heenan, Ed Holmes and Jack Bates come back into the 23-man squad and are listed among the replacements for the Ashton Gate clash

Bears starting 15 Luke Morahan (87 apps), 14 Ioan Lloyd (52 apps), 13. Semi Radradra (25 apps), 12. Sam Bedlow (42 apps), 11. Henry Purdy (30 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (118 apps), 9. Harry Randall (74 apps); 1. Max Lahiff (35 apps), 2. Harry Thacker (63 apps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (27 apps), 4. Joe Joyce (135 apps) (c), 5. John Hawkins (27 apps), 6. Chris Vui (77 apps), 7. Dan Thomas (97 apps), 8. Fitz Harding (18 apps).

Ready on the bench 16. Will Capon (55 apps), 17. Jake Woolmore (92 apps), 18. John Afoa (75 apps), 19. Ed Holmes (77 apps), 20. Jake Heenan (63 apps), 21. Andy Uren (124 apps), 22. Piers O’Conor (91 apps), 23. Jack Bates (12 apps

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