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Published on 09th November 2012 by Tom Tainton

Middleton makes eight changes for visit of Jersey


Jason Hobson is included in the starting line-up for the first time this campaign as Bristol Rugby look to bounce back against Jersey on Sunday (3pm KO).

The prop - who scooped the Club’s Player of the Year award last season - returns from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, providing a timely boost to Liam Middleton’s plans.

The Head Coach makes a total of eight changes from the side that went down to a 63-7 drubbing at the hands of Nottingham last Sunday.

George Watkins and Ben Mosses are named in the backline, while Adrian Jarvis makes his first competitive start for Bristol since joining in the summer.

Bruce Douglas and Mariano Sambucetti come into the front five in place of Gaston Cortes and Ben Glynn, while skipper Iain Grieve starts in the back-row.

Kyle Traynor (Scotland) and Alafoti Faosiliva (Samoa) are unavailable after being called up for international duty.

Middleton opts for a five forwards and two backs split on the bench, with Rhys Lawrence returning to the 22-man squad after a five-game absence.

Bristol Rugby team to face Jersey at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, 11 November (3pm KO):

Jack Tovey; George Watkins, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, Mike Tagicakibau; Adrian Jarvis, Ruki Tipuna; Bruce Douglas, Ross Johnston, Jason Hobson, Mariano Sambucetti, Roy Winters, Iain Grieve (c), Redford Pennycook, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Mark Lilley, Wayne Thompson, Ben Glynn, James Merriman, James Grindal, Tristan Roberts.