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Nathan Budgett says Bristol are ready for play-offs

Nathan Budgett
Nathan Budgett has won 12 full caps for Wales

Bristol's Nathan Budgett says the club's final Championship game at Moseley will be a good preparation for their play-off campaign.

Bristol, who top the table with a game in hand, begin the group stage against Cornish Pirates on 19 March.

"If we need to work on anything, it gives us time to look at it," the Welsh lock told BBC Radio Bristol.

Bristol coach Paul Hull is set to name a strong side, with Tom Arscott returning to the starting line-up.

Mark Irish, Iain Grieve and Redford Pennycook and Budgett himself also return to the fold, after being rested for a fortnight during British and Irish Cup fixtures.

"We have had a bit of a rest and we're viewing this as a massive game," Budgett added.

"If they win, they finish eighth and will go into the play-offs - so they'll be up for it.

"The bigger the game, it seems to bring the best out in me and the rest of the players, that bodes well for the play-offs."

Bristol: Luke Arscott; Tom Arscott, Luke Eves, Junior Fatialofa, Dan Norton, Adrian Jarvis, Jason Spice (C); Mark Irish, David Blaney, Darren Crompton, Mariano Sambucetti, Nathan Budgett, Iain Grieve, Redford Pennycook, James Phillips

Subs: Ross Johnston, Wayne Thompson, Dan Montagu, James Merriman, Robbie Shaw, Mark Davies, Alex Crockett



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