The Bears had to sit out the opening round last week after suffering a positive COVID test in their camp, but have been given the all clear to play this weekend. As well as seven players in the Bristol line-up, the Welsh coaches will also be able to keep an eye on the Chiefs scrum half, Ffion Lewis and lock Abbie Fleming.
It is just the sort of work-out the Welsh players need before they join forces to take on Scotland in the final 2020 Women’s Six Nations match on Sunday, 1 November in Cardiff.
“We’re all buzzing to get going. It’s not only been a week to wait, but seven or eight months, so everyone is looking forward to getting back out on the pitch,” said Joyce.
“Having played for Bristol before a few years ago, it’ll be a nice moment to make my second debut and do it with a lot of familiar faces.
“I watched the Chiefs game against Gloucester-Hartpury last weekend and they looked strong right the way from 1-22. We know it’s going to be a tough test for us especially with it being a derby.
“Playing and training are two very different things, so I’m excited to get onto the pitch with my new teammates in a game environment. I believe we’ve got some of the best players in the league and world, now we need to get out on the pitch and show what we’re about.”
While Joyce will be making her second ‘debut’ for the Bears, Welsh team mates Alisha Butchers, Kayleigh Powell and Natalia John will be making their first competitive appearances for the club. Also in the line-up are Manon Johnes, Keira Bevan and Elinor Snowsill.