10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Commenting about Beattie's appointment as captain and his first opportunity to lead the team out, Shoguns coach Peter Thorburn said: "Ross had a great role model last year in Jason Little. But being captain of the team is not just about leading on the field, it includes organisational responsibilities and being a major link between the players and the coaching team. The first game against Munster will be good experience for him."
The clash against last year's losing Heineken Cup finalist will see the Shoguns line up with a new centre partnership of Tom Luke and recent new signing Martin Shaw. Luke is a 19 year-old Academy player who was signed by the Shoguns from Bath during the summer. He has represented England Students at U19 level and is currently studying at Bath University.
Thorburn was quick to comment on Martin Shaw who joined the Shoguns in July. "We've already seen him play!!" referring to Shaw's hat trick of tries against the Shoguns in April's Zurich Premiership fixture.
The line-up against Munster also sees a first team debut for Shoguns and England U21 scrum-half Paul Hodgson. Discussing the new players Thorburn added: "It's going to be a good opportunity to see them all in a game situation."
Bristol Shoguns Lee Best, Phil Christophers, Tom Luke, Martin Shaw, Brendon Daniel, Shane Drahm, Paul Hodgson, Ross Beattie (c), Michael Lipman, Chris Morgan, Garath Archer, Andrew Sheridan, Emiliano Bergamaschi, Neil McCarthy, Darren Crompton.