Bristol Rugby

BRISTOL Bears claimed their first win in 11 years over their West Country rivals Gloucester on Friday night at Ashton Gate. Bristol won a thriller 28-24 to move up to ninth in the Premiership table and 13 points clear of bottom side Newcastle Falcons, while Gloucester stay in fourth, despite the defeat. Former Gloucester man …

BRISTOL Bears are able to welcome back Luke Morahan from injury for Friday’s highly-anticipated West Country derby against Gloucester at Ashton Gate (7.45pm). The Australian winger, who has been unavailable with a facial laceration, is one of five changes Bristol make to the side that picked up a valuable bonus point in their last outing …

BRISTOL Bears’ Alapati Leiua has been banned for four weeks for striking Harlequins’ Marcus Smith in a match on February 16. Leiua appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday night. The Bristol player contested the charge of striking with arm contrary to Law 9.12, but was given a four-week suspension by the panel comprising …

BRISTOL Bears’ Alapati Leiua will face an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday evening after he was cited for striking. Leiua was cited for allegedly striking Harlequins’ Marcus Smith with the arm contrary to Law 9.12 in the first half of Bristol’s game against Harlequins on February 16. The hearing will take place in Bristol and …

BRISTOL Bears’ Sarah Bern scored two tries as England Women continued their perfect start to the Women’s Six Nations with a 51-12 bonus-point win against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. The Red Roses made nine changes, two of which were positional, from the win over France, but the cohesion was there straight away as they opened the …

GEORGE SMITH returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Bears go in search of a first Gallagher Premiership win on the road against Harlequins on Saturday (2pm). Head coach Pat Lam makes a total of six changes from the side that suffered defeat to Wasps in round 13. Charles Piutau is named at full-back with …

SIALE PIUTAU and Alapati Leiua return from injury as Bristol return to Gallagher Premiership action on Friday night against Wasps at Ashton Gate (7.45pm). Luke Daniels and John Hawkins will also make their first Premierships starts since the opening day. Bristol head coach Pat Lam said: “At this stage of the season, every game counts …

BRISTOL Bears have signed Ospreys hooker Sam Parry on a short-term loan deal, with Jordan Lay going in the opposition direction. With Shaun Malton and Will Capon out with injuries, Bristol head coach Pat Lam (pictured) was keen to strengthen his hooking options. In exchange for 27-year-old Parry, who has been in Wales training squads …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons14140044315166
Ealing Trailfinders14111249125353
Cornish Pirates14100434722147
Jersey Reds1460832035032
Bedford Blues1460825328431
Doncaster Knights1460824231628
London Scottish1441929931427
Hartpury College14401022531724
Yorkshire Carnegie1400141927202
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
6Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131