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Summary

  1. Gloucester v Bristol Bears - BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Gloucestershire

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All times stated are UK

  1. Team news

    Gloucester v Bristol Bears (19:45 BST)

    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.

    Back-rower Jake Polledri is named in the starting line-up with try-scoring flanker Ruan Ackermann moving to eight.

    Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam has made nine changes for the second derby since their top flight return.

    Scrum-half Harry Randall is among the faces added to the squad up against his old club, as is prop John Afoa.

    Loose-head Yann Thomas also starts in the front row against his old club, while new signing Zane Kirchener is named on the bench.

    Back-row George Smith had his suspension rescinded after a successful appeal at an independent disciplinary hearing in midweek. The former Wallaby had been dismissed in the defeat by Saracens on Saturday.

  2. Squads

    Gloucester v Bristol Bears (19:45 BST)

    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