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Tom Tainton

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Posted Tuesday, January 8th 2019

Alapati Leiua commits future to Bristol Bears

Alapati Leiua has committed his future to Bristol Bears, the club is delighted to reveal.

The explosive utility back is an integral member of Pat Lam’s squad, scoring five tries in the Gallagher Premiership so far during the current campaign.

Samoan international Leiua pens a two-year extension, tying him to the Bears until 2021.

“We’re delighted that Alapati [Leiua] has agreed to continue being a big part of the Bristol Bears journey going forward. He’s been a key player for us and a positive influence on and off the field with his experience in the game,” said head coach Pat Lam.

"Alapati consistently shows that he is one of the most dynamic players in the competition and he will be a major asset for us going forward."

Head coach Pat Lam

“Alapati consistently shows that he is one of the most dynamic players in the competition and he will be a major asset for us going forward. He is enjoying his rugby and the team environment – we’re excited to see what he can accomplish in the next two years.”

Alapati Leiua celebrates scoring at Ashton Gate (JMPUK)

The 30 year-old – who joined Bristol in the summer of 2017 - has made 24 appearances for Samoa.

Leiua added: “I’m loving my time at Bristol Bears, so it was an easy decision to commit my future. There is a clear vision in place at the club and everybody knows what is expected of them.

“It’s a really positive environment to be a part of and I’m enjoying my rugby under Pat [Lam] and the coaching team. The focus for us now is to keep pushing up the Gallagher Premiership table and working hard to achieve our goals.”