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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, March 6th 2020

Ben Earl & Max Malins - everything you need to know

Bristol Bears have secured the services of two of the country’s brightest young stars for the 2020/21 season, with Ben Earl and Max Malins joining on one-year loan deals - here’s everything you need to know about the Bears’ loan rangers.

The basics


The Saracens pair will join up with Bristol Bears ahead of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season.


The pair will join on season-long loans before returning to their parent club, Saracens for the 2021/22 campaign.

Ben Earl

Name: Ben Earl
DOB: Jan 7th, 1998 (age 22)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 102kg
Position: Back row 

Versatile and powerful back row forward, Ben Earl made his England debut in the Six Nations victory over Scotland at Murrayfield, coming off the bench to help Eddie Jones’ side to regain the Calcutta Cup.

The 22-year-old, who has represented his country at U16, U18, U20 and Senior level, is currently the Gallagher Premiership’s joint leading try scorer with seven in the opening 12 rounds.

A dynamic ball carrier and fierce defender, Earl can play across the back row and is one of English rugby’s rising stars. He started four games in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship and scored a try against New Zealand in the final. In 2018, he captained England in the Six Nations U20s Championship, scoring against both Italy and Ireland.

An impressive U20 Six Nations campaign, as well as a strong season with Saracens, saw Earl called up to the senior England side for the first time ahead of the tour to South Africa in 2018, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that he made his senior international debut.

Max Malins

Name: Max Malins
DOB: Jan 7th, 1997 (age 23)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 85kg
Position: Full back/Fly half 

Bristol Bears know all about the threat posed by the fleet-footed, electrifying Max Malins, whose masterclass from full back contributed heavily to Saracens’ victory at Allianz Park in December.

The 23-year-old, who can operate at full back or fly half, scored twice in a masterful display, with Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall later comparing Malins to ‘a young Beauden Barrett.’

The former England U18 and U20 international is another of English rugby’s most exciting young talents and has already made 29 appearances for Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership, scoring 102 points.

Malins’ bright start to the 2019/20 campaign has been hampered by a foot injury sustained against Exeter Chiefs, but the youngster is due back in action next month.

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