Five players are set for their competitive debuts on Saturday when Bristol face Harlequins in the London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium (4.30pm KO).
Will Hurrell, Soane Tonga’uiha, Jon Fisher and Jordan Crane all start, while Tusi Pisi recovers from a hand injury to be named in the backline.
Director of Rugby Andy Robinson hands Premiership debuts to Academy graduates Ryan Edwards and Ben Glynn in a line-up that includes seven full internationals.
“We’ve been building towards this opening game for a number of weeks and the focus and excitement around the camp to get started is palpable,” Robinson told bristolrugby.co.uk.
“There’s consistency in our selection from the pre-season outings and we’re looking forward to seeing how our new arrivals play. It promises to be a fantastic atmosphere at Twickenham and we have to be ready to enjoy our surroundings and the environment.
“While we’re delighted to welcome Tusi into the starting line-up, Marc Jones (knee) and Luke Arscott (calf) miss out through injury.”
Jack Tovey (pec), Gareth Maule (hamstring), David Lemi (knee), Callum Sheedy (hamstring), Glen Townson (knee) and Nick Koster (head) are also unavailable, while Nick Fenton-Wells continues to serve a four-week suspension.
Scrum half Rhodri Williams could make his competitive debut from the bench after being named in the 23-man squad.
Bristol Rugby team to face Harlequins at Twickenham on Saturday, 3 September (4.30pm KO):
- Jack Wallace; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Gavin Henson, 11. Tom Varndell; 10. Tusi Pisi, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Soane Tonga’uiha, 2. Ross McMillan, 3. Gaston Cortes, 4. James Phillips, 5. Ben Glynn, 6. Jon Fisher, 7. Jack Lam (c), 8. Jordan Crane.
Replacements: 16. Chris Brooker, 17. Kyle Traynor, 18. Anthony Perenise, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Olly Robinson, 21. Mitch Eadie, 22. Rhodri Williams, 23. Ben Mosses.