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John Afoa to depart after four seasons

Legendary prop John Afoa will depart Bristol Bears at the end of the season, following four years with the club. 

The 38 year old joined the Bears from Gloucester in 2018 and has made 86 appearances, named in Premiership Rugby’s team of the season on three occasions.

Afoa makes the switch to French Pro D2 side RC Vannes on a two year agreement. 

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: "Jonny leaves a legacy as one of the greatest ever tightheads to play in the Premiership.  As well as being a world class scrummager, his skill level and ability to play ball ('the Razzle') is second to none. To perform consistently at the top for over 20 years is a testament to his dedication, commitment and love of our game.

“Jonny was key signing for us when we returned to the Premiership in 2018 and he made the exact impact I was looking for as a leader and mentor helping the club make huge strides on our journey to Inspiring Our Community Through Rugby Success.

“I am delighted that Jonny has an opportunity to experience a new country as part of his amazing rugby journey and he departs with massive respect and the gratitude of everybody at the Bears community.”


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