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Ben Earl & Max Malins set for season-long loans

England international Ben Earl and highly rated utility back Max Malins will join Bristol Bears on a season loan for the 2020/21 campaign.

The duo – who are set to arrive from Saracens – make the switch to Ashton Gate following Saracens’ relegation to the Championship next season.

Back rower Earl made his international debut versus Scotland in the 2020 Six Nations, while Malins – who is equally adept at fly half and full back – has represented England at U18s and U20s level.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We had a unique opportunity to bring in two rising English stars and we believe both Ben and Max will add further quality and depth to a really exciting squad that we are building at the Bears.

“Ben can play across the back row and has been a standout performer in the Premiership this season, rightly earning his first cap in the 2020 Six Nations.

“Max is a 23 year-old with a bright future ahead in the game – he’s a versatile player who, along with Ben, caused a lot of havoc in our away loss to Saracens in December.

“I believe Ben and Max will benefit significantly from the experience of being part of our team and culture, as we strive to grow and compete on both fronts next season.”