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Preview | Tigers take on Bears in Bristol

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Leicester Tigers travel to Bristol in Round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership season to take on a Bears side featuring some familiar faces to the travelling fans.

Ellis Genge as well as fellow 'droglites' in Harry Thacker and Joe Batley have been named in the Bears matchday squad, with the former coming up against Leicester for the first time since his summer move to Bristol after helping the club lift the Premiership trophy last season.

The home side also welcome back Fijian superstar Semi Radradra for the evening fixture at Ashton Gate.

Steve Borthwick welcomes back a quartet of internationals in Dan Kelly, Freddie Steward, Ben Youngs and Jack van Poortvliet.

Kelly, who is named alongside Guy Porter in the Leicester midfield, will make his first appearance of the 2022/23 campaign after returning from injury.

Steward, Youngs and van Poortvliet are back in action in club colours for the first time in more than a month after featuring in England's Autumn Tests.

Saturday's match at Ashton Gate is the 190th meeting between the two clubs, with the venue proving a challenge for the Tigers who have recorded just two victories there in six years. 

Harry Wells will make his 100th starting appearance for the club on Saturday, making him just the third member of Steve Borthwick's squad - alongside Dan Cole and Ben Youngs - to have reached the milestone.