Bristol give their Junior a start against Wasps

Junior Fatialofa is in line for his first start since late October as Bristol travel to London Wasps for their latest Guinness Premiership outing.


A series of niggling injuries have disrupted the centre’s first season at Bristol and Fatialofa has to look back to the EDF Energy Cup tie at Llanelli Scarlets for his last appearance.


However, with Luke Eves on England U20 duty and Nathan Brew suffering an injury in training this week, it’s a big opportunity for the Samoan who is now fit, fresh and raring to go.


There are also recalls for Mark Irish, Scott Linklater who has recovered from an ankle injury and Lee Robinson on the right wing.


Adams Park is not a particularly happy hunting ground for Bristol in recent times although the team were desperately unlucky to go down to a 32-30 defeat last February courtesy of Dave Walder’s conversion with the last kick of the match.


When he addressed the media this week, Head Coach Paul Hull stressed that things are on the up at Bristol and that he wants to keep things heading in that direction.


“We’ve been turning the corner the past couple of weeks and last weekend’s result against Leicester was disappointing when we’d got ourselves into a position to win the game.”


“We’re just building on the performances of the past few weeks. It’s going to be a tough test against London Wasps at Adams Park. They’re not having the season they’d have hoped for but they’ll fight to the end and make it very difficult for us.”


“We’ve introduced some clarity in our attacking game in recent weeks and have worked hard on our skills although there’s still a way to go. The players are able to express themselves and they’re playing with passion and showing a good attitude.”


“We’ve still got plenty to play for and we’ll fight right to the very end. You have to take mentality into every rugby game. You won’t make the hard yards on the pitch if you don’t. And we’ve got the players here to do that.”


“We’re sticking together, we’re tight as a group, there’s good enthusiasm and motivation in the squad. It’s a team sport and everyone is contributing.”


Bristol Rugby:


Luke Arscott; Lee Robinson, Neil Brew, Junior Fatialofa, David Lemi; Ed Barnes, Shaun Perry; Mark Irish, Scott Linklater, Darren Crompton, Roy Winters, Robert Sidoli; Redford Pennycook, Joe El Abd (capt), Alfie To’oala


Replacements: Ollie Hayes, Wayne Thompson, Mariano Sambucetti, Dan Ward-Smith, Haydn Thomas, Greg Barden, Tom Arscott

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