Hughes starts as Lam's shock Bristol selection dubbed 'greatest bench' in history
Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam has thrown a massive curveball in his selection for his side’s Heineken Champions Cup match with Sale Sharks, dropping his star players to the bench and bringing re-called loanee Nathan Hughes straight back into the team.
However, Hughes shone in a brief loan spell for Bath, and was recalled Lam for the European duty. Hughes had not been listed for the Heineken Champions Cup for Bath, but had been for Bristol, triggering Lam’s decision to recall the in-form back row.
He will be joined England tighthead Kyle Sinckler, who also returns for Champions Cup clash. Bryan Byrne is named at hooker, while Jake Woolmore returns to the front row and Sam Jeffries is named on the openside. Wallaby Luke Morahan joins Jack Bates and Alapati Leiua in the back three for the first time since February 5th.
Put simply, Lam has has huge firepower to call upon late in the game. One fan dubbed it the ‘Greatest bench in the history of union’.
Greatest bench in the history of union
— Will C (@cidersuspect) April 8, 2022
BRISTOL BEARS: 15. Luke Morahan, 14. Jack Bates, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua, 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce (c), 6. Chris Vui, 7. Sam Jeffries, 8. Nathan Hughes.
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