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Radradra Return Boosts Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears superstar Semi Radradra has returned from injury more than a month early to be named on the bench against Gloucester on Fri­day night.
05 Dec 2021 16:10
Radradra Return Boosts Bristol Bears
Semi Radradra (with ball) has been named on the bench against Gloucester.

Bristol Bears superstar Semi Radradra has returned from injury more than a month early to be named on the bench against Gloucester on Fri­day night.

Back in October, Bristol an­nounced Radradra would be out for 16 weeks, expected to make his return in January, having under­gone surgery on a knee injury he sustained at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

However, the Fijian captain, along with England international Harry Randall, club captain Ste­ven Luatua, prop stalwart John Afoa and stars Harry Thacker and Luke Morahan have all recovered from injuries to be named in the 23-man squad to travel to Kingsholm in Round 10 of the Gallagher Pre­miership.

It will be centre Radradra’s first appearance of the season with Lam telling Bristol Live last week he was looking to reintroduce his co­hort of injured stars this weekend ahead of the European Heineken Champions Cup kicking off on De­cember 11, with the Scarlets due at Ashton Gate in the opening group game of the 2021/22 competition.

The former rugby league star injured his knee in the semi-final of the rugby sevens competition at the Tokyo games, missing the final but still helping his Pacific Island nation to win back-to-back gold in the rugby sevens.

His club return comes as a mas­sive boost to the Bears backline which has been struggling in his absence.

Radradra’s last appearance for the club was Bristol’s heart-break­ing Premiership semi-final defeat to Harlequins back in June.

However, should Radradra take to the pitch at Kingsholm he will be playing opposite one of the best defensive outside centres in the world in the form of Scotland star Chris Harris who joins fellow 2021 British and Irish Lions star Louis Rees-Zammit in returning to the starting Cherry and Whites side.



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