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Bristol Bears visit HMS Prince of Wales

Bristol Bears players and staff headed to Portsmouth on Tuesday (February 4th) to visit the HMS Prince of Wales warship, before taking part in a joint training session with the Royal Navy.

In a celebration of the strengthening relationship between the city of Bristol and the Royal Navy, the squad was treated to an exclusive guided tour of the 280-metre long vessel - one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK.

After a fascinating tour of the HMS Prince of Wales, the Bears headed to the HMS Temeraire sports ground for a joint training session with their Navy counterparts. Lam and Club Chairman, Chris Booy, presented a signed Bristol Bears shirt to Royal Navy Officer, Rudi Lorenz, which will be displayed on the ship.

“The HMS Prince of Wales was so impressive – state of the art, one of the best in the world,” said Director of Rugby, Pat Lam.

“For us to come down and be a part of it has been awesome. The boys were buzzing, because some of the things we saw on the aircraft carrier, not many civilians will get a chance to see. It’s great and it’s just building the ongoing relationship.

“What we saw is that it’s all about teamwork, good strong leadership, clarity of roles. They’ve got an amazing ship - and it got me excited about our new training facility that’s coming – but it’s still all about manpower and people on the ground doing the hard work and playing role, having clarity of vision and purpose, and everyone doing their bit.”