Rescheduled Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby derby set for TV blackout

Bristol Bears will face Bath Rugby in Round One of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership after a decision was made by the Premiership Rugby board to reschedule the game as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday. Here are all the ways you can follow the action…. READ MORE: Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby LIVE play-by-play updates from Ashton Gate

When is the game?

Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby was due to be played on Friday, September 9, but has now been rescheduled to Saturday, September 10 by Premiership Rugby as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

What time is kick-off?

The new kick-off time is now 5.30pm.

Tickets sold for Friday night remain valid for the rescheduled date.

Is the game on TV?

This season every Gallagher Premiership match will be televised, expect sadly this monster of a game. BT Sport were originally due to broadcast the match, and despite the Premier League and EFL opting not to play this weekend following the Queen’s death, rugby’s primary broadcaster has chosen not to show the rearranged match. Premiership Rugby have confirmed to Bristol Live the match will also not be shown live on pay-per-view onliner streaming service PRTV due to a lack of broadcast trucks and staff.

Highlights will be available online shortly after the match with a full replay on PRTV on Sunday.

How else can I follow the game?

That means the best way to follow all the action from Ashton Gate, other than being there yourself, is to follow our live blog on Bristol Live and Somerset Live, bringing you all the build-up, team news, live play-by-play match updates, reaction, stats, analysis, interviews and highlights from inside the ground. BBC Radio Bristol will also be providing live commentary of the game with coverage starting at 4.30pm with Geoff Twentyman.

What’s the team news?

Bristol Bears: 15. Charles Piutau (64 apps), 14.

Luke Morahan (98 apps), 13. Piers O’Conor (108 apps), 12. Sam Bedlow (47 apps), 11.

Rich Lane (5 apps); 10. Callum Sheedy (132 apps), 9. Harry Randall (85 apps); 1.

Ellis Genge (23 apps), 2. Bryan Byrne (32 apps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (32 apps), 4.

Joe Joyce (151 apps), 5. Chris Vui (93 apps), 6. Sam Jeffries (54 apps), 7.

Jake Heenan (c) (65 apps), 8. Magnus Bradbury (debut). Replacements: 16.

Will Capon (59 apps), 17. Jake Woolmore (108 apps), 18. Max Lahiff (40 apps), 19.

Ed Holmes (85 apps), 20. Sam Lewis (debut), 21. Andy Uren (135 apps), 22.

AJ MacGinty (debut), 23. Jack Bates (21 apps). Bath Rugby: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Gabriel Hamer-Webb, 13 Will Butt, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Matt Gallagher, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Ben Spencer (C); 1 Beno Obano, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Josh McNally, 6 Josh Bayliss, 7 Chris Cloete, 8 Jaco Coetzee

Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Lewis Boyce, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Ewan Richards, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Richard de Carpentier.

What are the odds?

Bristol Bears 2/7 Draw 25/1 Bath Rugby 11/4

Odds correct at the time of publication, please game responsibly. READ MORE:

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