an Challenge Cup
Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Saturday, 8 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website

Bristol make nine changes to the side that beat Leicester in the Premiership last weekend for the visit of La Rochelle in the an Challenge Cup.

The rest the likes of Charles Piutau, Luke Morahan and John Afoa.

Full-back Mat Protheroe plays for the first time this season, while Charlie Powell makes his first an start.

Bristol are four points behind pool leaders La Rochelle, having won one and lost one of their opening two matches in the competition.

Bristol: Protheroe; Pincus, O’Conor, Hurrell, Powell; Sheedy (co-capt), Randall; Thomas, Thacker, Thiede, Joyce, Muldowney, Heenan (co-capt), Thomas, Lam.

Replacements: Lindsay, Woolmore, Armstrong, Hawkins, Haining, Stirzaker, Bedlow, Leiua.

La Rochelle: Rattez; Sinzelle, Doumayrou, Favre, Andreu; Lafage, Kerr-Barlow; Aouf, Orioli, Atonio, Tanguy, Jolmes, Kieft, Alldritt, Vito (capt)

Replacements: Forbes, Corbel, Puafisi, Sazy, Gourdon, Bales, Roudil, Botia.

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