B&I CUP TEAM NEWS: Bristol Rugby Vs Leeds Carnegie
Bristol prepare for B&I Cup opener
Three players are set for their competitive debuts when Bristol Rugby open their B&I Cup campaign versus Leeds Carnegie at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday (3pm KO).
Academy duo Auguy Slowik and Nick Carpenter earn starts alongside latest recruit Sammy Speight in a new-look backline.
Nicky Robinson and Callum Braley form the half-back partnership and Bristol are boosted by the return of Fautua Otto from injury.
Long-serving lock Mariano Sambucetti is included for his first appearance of the campaign, while Ben Glynn, Bruce Douglas and Gaston Cortes are also selected.
Joe Joyce could make his first appearance for the Club from the replacements bench, while Steve Uren and Rupert Freestone also feature in the 22-man squad.
Bristol Rugby team to face Leeds Carnegie at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, 13 October (3pm KO):
Auguy Slowik; Sammy Speight, Fautua Otto, Nick Carpenter, Charlie Amesbury; Nicky Robinson, Callum Braley; Mark Lilley, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Mariano Sambucetti, Ben Glynn, Iain Grieve (c), Redford Pennycook, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Rupert Freestone, Bruce Douglas, Joe Joyce, Steve Uren, James Grindal, Adrian Jarvis, Andy Short.