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Premiership: Gloucester v Bristol Bears

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Premiership: Gloucester v Bristol Bears

Former Sharks hooker Franco Marais is ready for a Premiership debut
Gallagher Premiership
Venue: Kingsholm Date: Friday, 14 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST Protection: Updates on BBC native radio and reside scores on the BBC Sport web site

Two of Gloucester’s South African imports in hooker Franco Marais and lock Gerbrandt Grobler will make their debuts in Friday’s Bristol Bears derby.

Again-rower Jake Polledri is called within the beginning line-up with try-scoring flanker Ruan Ackermann shifting to eight.

Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam has made 9 modifications for the second derby since their high flight return.

Scrum-half Harry Randall is among the many faces added to the squad up in opposition to his outdated membership, as is prop John Afoa.

Free-head Yann Thomas additionally begins within the entrance row in opposition to his outdated membership, whereas new signing Zane Kirchener is called on the bench.

Again-row George Smith had his suspension rescinded after a profitable enchantment at an impartial disciplinary listening to in midweek. The previous Wallaby had been dismissed within the defeat by Saracens on Saturday.

Gloucester: Woodward; Sharples, Trinder, Twelvetrees, Banahan; Cipriani, Braley; Rapava Ruskin, Marais, Balmain; Slater (capt), Grobler; Polledri, Ludlow, Ackermann

Replacements: Hanson, Hohneck, Knight, Clarke, Morgan, Vellacott, Atkinson, Hudson

Bristol Bears: O’Conor; Morahan, S. Piutau, Pisi, Edwards; Madigan, Randall; Thomas, Malton, Afoa, Joyce, Vui, Luatua (capt), Smith, Lam

Replacements: Thacker, Woolmore, Armstrong, Holmes, Haining, Stirzaker, Sheedy, Kirchner

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