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Fifteen Senior Academy players sign dual-registrations

Bristol Bears can announce that 15 of its Senior Academy players have been dual-registered for the 2021/22 season as a key pillar of their development.

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Senior Academy and England U20 duo, Alex Groves and Deago Bailey have joined Championship side, Hartpury, with second row Groves making his debut for the club in last weekend’s defeat to Ealing Trailfinders.

Elsewhere, Jac Lloyd has made a promising start to his stint with Clifton RFC in National Two, where he is joined by Scholars Tomas Gwilliam (hooker) and George Taylor (second row).

Ben Bamber (second row) is dual registered with Dings Crusaders, as are Scholars Matty Jones (fullback), who scored in Dings’ round two clash with Guernsey at Shaftesbury Park, Harry Rowson (centre), Dylan Power (centre) and Jamie Collier (back-row).

Ireland U20 back, Chay Mullins and second row, Charlie Rice have joined up with National One side, Taunton Titans. Scrum-half JJ Williams has joined South West Premier side Weston-super-Mare, with Costa Galatalis (second row) and Tom Sims (prop) linking up with Hornets.

Elsewhere, the club can announce the signing of Lucas Berti Newman from Newbridge College in Leinster. The centre, who is English qualified, signs an Academy deal with the Bears.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young players to gain valuable game time across the rugby pyramid, alongside their work within the Bears rugby programme on a day-to-day basis.

“These dual registration agreements, alongside our own ‘A’ team schedule, will ensure these players continue to develop, and we are grateful for the strong partnerships we have with clubs across the region and Combination.

Senior Academy Manager, Gethin Watts, said: “The dual-registration agreements and the programme of fixtures we have planned for these lads are both player centred and development driven.

“This is the perfect model for our young players, as they will train and play in the Bears Way, whilst also gaining valuable experience in competitive Championship and National League games.”

Lucas Berti Newman
Deago Bailey
Alex Groves

Dual-registrations - 2021/22 season

Alex Groves – Hartpury (GKIPA Championship)
Deago Bailey – Hartpury (GKIPA Championship)
Jac Lloyd – Clifton (National Two South)
Tomas Gwilliam – Clifton (National Two South)
George Taylor – Clifton (National Two South)
Matty Jones – Dings Crusaders (National Two South)
Ben Bamber – Dings Crusaders (National Two South)
Harry Rowson – Dings Crusaders (National Two South)

Dylan Power – Dings Crusaders (National Two South)
Jamie Collier - Dings Crusaders (National Two South)
Chay Mullins – Taunton Titans (National One)
Charlie Rice – Taunton Titans (National One)
Costa Galatalis – Hornets (SW Premier)
Tom Sims – Hornets (SW Premier)
JJ Williams – Weston-super-Mare (SW Premier)


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