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Posted Monday, May 20th 2019

Lam confirms 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership squad

Pat Lam has confirmed his playing squad ahead of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

Bristol Bears has already revealed the signings of England international duo Dave Attwood and Nathan Hughes to bolster their pack, while ten players are set to depart at the end of the season.

Lam has reduced his senior squad from 47 to 42 first team players, at this stage. Jordan Lay will return to Bristol Bears on a one-year deal, the club has confirmed.

Following discussions with the coaching staff, the Samoan international prop is set to remain at Ashton Gate for the 2019/20 campaign.

Jordan Lay is retained for the 2019/20 campaign (JMPUK).

Young Bristolians George Kloska, Blake Boyland, Jack Bates - along with Clifton College star Ioan Llloyd - will join the integrated Bears Academy for the first time.

The quartet will have the opportunity to work, learn and build strong relationships with the full senior squad as they push hard to represent the Bears, on and off the field.

Head coach Lam said: “We’ve looked closely at the make-up of our squad and we’re really excited about building on top of the excellent foundation we have worked hard to create this season. There’s been a big focus on retention and ensuring we continue to develop the quality players we already have.

“We know all the players going into years 2 or 3 with our coaching group are far more valuable compared to when they first jumped on the Bristol Bears bus. They can continue to keep driving forward our culture, leadership and the way we want to play the game on and off the field.

“We want a core of guys will be at this club for a long, long time, making over 200 appearances for Bristol. Having the likes of Steven Luatua and Chris Vui re-signed and committed to the cause is massive for us, too.

“Recruitment never sleeps and we will continue to keep an eye on any player who could add real value to our group to ensure we stay on track of our vision to “Inspire Our Community Through Rugby Success.”

2019/20 Bristol Bears squad (italics denote integrated Academy):

Loosehead prop

  • James Lay (3rd year with the club)
  • Yann Thomas (2nd year with the club)
  • Jake Woolmore (2nd year with the club)
  • Jordan Lay (2nd year with the club)

Tighthead prop

  • John Afoa (2nd year with the club)
  • Lewis Thiede (2nd year with the club)
  • Jake Armstrong (2nd year with the club)
  • Ollie Dawe (3rd year under Pat Lam)

Hooker

  • Harry Thacker (2nd year with the club)
  • Shaun Malton (2nd year with the club)
  • Tom Lindsay (2nd year with the club)
  • Will Capon (2nd year Integrated Academy)
  • George Kloska (1st Year Integrated Academy)

Second row

  • Chris Vui (3rd year with the club)
  • Ed Holmes (3rd year with the club)
  • Joe Joyce (3rd year under Lam)
  • Joe Batley (3rd year with the club)
  • John Hawkins (3rd year under Lam)
  • Aly Muldowney (2nd year with the club)
  • Dave Attwood (1st year with the club)

Back row

  • Jordan Crane (3rd year under Lam)
  • Steven Luatua (3rd year with the club)
  • Sam Jeffries (3rd year under Lam)
  • Dan Thomas (3rd year with the club)
  • Jake Heenan (2nd year with the club)
  • Nathan Hughes (1st year with the club)
  • Sam Graham (3rd year Integrated Academy)
  • James Dun (2nd year Integrated Academy)

Scrum half

  • Andy Uren (3rd year under Lam)
  • Harry Randall (2nd year with the club)
  • Nic Stirzaker (2nd year with the club)
  • Blake Boyland (1st year Integrated Academy)

Fly half

  • Ian Madigan (3rd year with the club)
  • Callum Sheedy (3rd year under Lam)
  • Tiff Eden (2nd year with the club)
  • Ioan Lloyd (1st year Integrated Academy)

Centre

  • Will Hurrell (3rd year under Lam)
  • Siale Piutau (3rd year under Lam)
  • Sam Bedlow (3rd year with the club)
  • Alapati Leiua (3rd year with the club)
  • Piers O’Conor (2nd year with the club)
  • Charlie Powell (2nd year Integrated Academy)

Back three

  • Luke Morahan (3rd year with the club)
  • Ryan Edwards (3rd year under Lam)
  • Mat Protheroe (3rd year with the club)
  • Charles Piutau (2nd year with the club)
  • Tom Pincus (2nd year with the club)
  • Luke Daniels (2nd year with the club)
  • Toby Fricker (2nd year with the club)
  • Aaron Chapman (3rd year Integrated Academy)
  • Jake Bates (1st year Integrated Academy)