Bristol to hand Attwood full Premiership debut

Bristol Rugby second row Dave Attwood will make his Guinness Premiership debut as Head Coach Richard Hill makes five changes to his side to face Sale Sharks on Friday evening.

21 year old Attwood actually made his first appearance for the first XV in what was then known as the Powergen Cup back in the 2005-6 season but this is his first season as a full time professional having completed his studies as Bristol University.

A former England U19 and U20 international, he has already made two starts this season in the European Challenge Cup.

He comes into the side along with Luke Eves, Adrian Jarvis, Scott Linklater and Joe El Abd as Bristol look to bounce back from the disappointing home defeat to Newcastle Falcons last Friday evening.

It’s a game that Bristol must seek to get something from in terms of points but Assistant Coach Paul Hull has no qualms about Attwood making his full Guinness Premiership bow at Edgeley Road:

“Dave has been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years now. I am really pleased for him to get a start in the Premiership through selection rather than injury.”

“Now he needs to make his mark at senior level. He has always had potential – hopefully he can fulfil that.”

Hull added that the changes have been made for positive reasons as Bristol look to gain maximum points from their nine remaining matches and try and battle their way to Guinness Premiership survival.

“The selections should be positive. Our aim is to get up that table. It is going to be a tough ask but that is what we are here for.”

Bristol Rugby:

Tom Arscott; Lee Robinson, Neil Brew, Luke Eves, David Lemi; Adrian Jarvis, Shaun Perry; Mark Irish, Scott Linklater, Darren Crompton; Dave Attwood, Nathan Budgett; Alfie To’oala, Joe El Abd, Dan Ward-Smith

Replacements: David Blaney, Wayne Thompson, Roy Winters, Redford Pennycook, Graeme Beveridge, Ed Barnes, Nathan Brew.

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