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Hall to rejoin Warriors after eight seasons with the club

Academy Manager Mike Hall will depart Bristol Bears following eight seasons with the club.

The 40 year-old returns to Worcester Warriors as the head of the Three Pears Warriors Academy.

Since his arrival in 2011, Hall has overseen the development of the likes of Ellis Genge, Mitch Eadie, Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren and Joe Joyce.

He said: “I’ve had a fantastic time with Bristol Bears and it’s been a privilege to see how the Academy has grown over the past eight years.

“The Bears’ vision has accelerated that progress and, under Pat Lam’s leadership and the new training facilities on the horizon, I leave with the club in a fantastic position to push on and achieve their goals.

“For family reasons, it’s the right time for me to seek a new challenge and I’m excited about the prospect of re-joining Warriors, a club I know well and an Academy that continues to produce talented players.

“I’d like to thank everybody from across the game in the Bears catchment area over the past eight years that have helped support the development of young players in the region.”

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “On behalf of Bristol Bears, we thank Mike for his contribution over the past eight seasons and wish him well at Worcester.

"Although we lose somebody with great experience, family is of utmost importance and we respect that. Mike has a young family based in Worcester and we support his commitment to them.

“A core of homegrown talent representing the Bears is a vital part of our club vision and it’s encouraging to see the likes of Andy Uren and Joe Joyce now establishing themselves as Premiership performers.

“The hard work of Mike and his team has laid the foundations for this progression and now it’s key that the club capitalises on those efforts to ensure the next group of young Bristolians come through with the technical ability and attitude to succeed at the highest level.”