Premiership: Bristol Bears v Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle’s new Argentina centre Matias Orlando used to be segment of the Pumas side who beat New Zealand in the Tri-Worldwide locations in Sydney in November
Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Friday, 1 January Kick-off: 15: 00 GMT Coverage: Updates on BBC native radio and are residing ratings on the BBC Sport net blueprint

Bristol include had to preserve stop a new-ogle entrance row of Peter McCabe, George Kloska and Jake Armstrong following a midweek certain Covid check.

However Charles Piutau is fit to reach at corpulent-abet as one in every of seven adjustments for the assembly of third against 2d-placed Newcastle at Ashton Gate.

Newcastle give a debut to Argentina centre Matias Orlando.

South African Philip van der Walt also makes his Premiership bow of their first league sport since 5 December.

The Boxing Day dwelling fixture against Leicester used to be called off thanks to certain assessments in the Tigers camp.

The Falcons were awarded a four-point victory, to preserve the promoted 2019-20 Championship winners’ unbeaten start as much as the season.

Having beforehand started with three on-arena wins, Dean Richards’ side are 2d most arresting to Exeter, even supposing already four facets adrift because the reigning Premiership champions include made a faultless start up, opening with four straight bonus-point wins.

However they’re most arresting a level sooner than Bristol, who include picked up three bonus facets on top of their three wins.

Bristol’s midweek Covid check used to be the first certain end result the membership include had since testing started in July but they’ve had to stand down Dan Thomas, Will Capon and John Afoa, the entrance row who started the Boxing Day buy at Harlequins.

The three who changed them at The Droop, Bryan Byrne, Max Lahiff and Jake Woolmore, are all lacking too. However they originate now not lower than include England and Lions prop Kyle Sinckler freed from Covid protocol to be named on the replacements bench, alongside with fit-all any other time Luke Morahan.

Bristol: Piutau; Naulago, Radradra, O’Conor, Lloyd; Sheedy, Uren; McCabe, Kloska, Armstrong, Attwood, Joyce, Luatua (capt), Heenan, Hughes.

Replacements: Thompson, Turner, Sinckler, Hawkins, Harding, Randall, Leiua, Morahan.

Newcastle: Arscott; Radwan, Wacokecoke, Orlando, Stevenson; Flood, Stuart; Davison, Blamire, Mulipola, Peterson, Fuser, Robinson, Wilson (capt), van der Walt.

Replacements: Maddison, Cooper, Tampin, Collett, Basham, Schreuder, Connon, Owen.

Referee: Christophe Ridley.

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