B&I Cup Team News: Ulster Vs Bristol Rugby
Bristol make six changes for trip to Belfast
Liam Middleton rings the changes as Bristol prepare for a crucial B&I Cup clash against Ulster Ravens at Deramore Park on Friday (7.30pm KO).
A single point separates the sides in Pool One, with the victors this weekend all but securing a spot in the knockout stages.
The Head Coach brings in six new faces from the side that went down 32-17 to Cornish Pirates in Round 13 of the RFU Championship.
Mike Tagicakibau recovers from injury to start at outside-centre in a new-look midfield partnership with Luke Eves. George Watkins and James Grindal also come in to the backline, while David McIlwaine lines up against his former club.
In the pack, Academy duo Ben Glynn and Marco Mama are included, while James Merriman earns a start for the first time since November.
Middleton opts for a five forwards and two backs split on the bench, with Redford Pennycook and Ruki Tipuna among the replacements.
Bristol team to face Ulster Ravens at Deramore Park on Friday, 11 January (7.30pm KO):
Jack Tovey; George Watkins, Mike Tagicakibau, Luke Eves, David McIlwaine; Adrian Jarvis, James Grindal (c); Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, Jason Hobson, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Marco Mama, James Merriman, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Mark Lilley, Wayne Thompson, Mariano Sambucetti, Redford Pennycook, Ruki Tipuna, Tristan Roberts.