TEAM NEWS: Cornish Pirates vs Bristol Rugby
Robinson names side for season opener at Sandy Park
Bristol Rugby have named a 22-man squad ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship opener versus Cornish Pirates on Sunday (3.30pm KO).
Director of Rugby Andy Robinson hands full competitive debuts to six players, although Nicky Robinson has yet to fully recover from a pectoral injury that kept the fly half sidelined for part of pre-season.
Adam D’Arcy and Charlie Amesbury are named in the backline, while James Hall, Ben Skirving, Mark Sorenson and Bath loanee Nick Koster are set for starts in the pack.
The Sandy Park fixture – part of the Greene King Big Rugby Weekend – will be televised live on Sky Sports HD.
Bristol Rugby team to face Cornish Pirates at Sandy Park on Sunday, 15 September (3.30pm KO):
Adam D’Arcy; Charlie Amesbury, Andy Short, Luke Eves, Ryan Edwards; Adrian Jarvis, James Grindal (c); Kyle Traynor, Rhys Lawrence, James Hall; Ben Skirving, Mark Sorenson; Nick Koster, James Merriman, Marco Mama.
Replacements: Ollie Hayes, Jason Hobson, Glen Townson, Redford Pennycook, Ruki Tipuna, Tristan Roberts, Fautua Otto.