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Posted Wednesday, November 20th 2019

Muldoon to take over as forwards coach ahead of 2020/21 campaign

John Muldoon will take over as Bristol Bears forwards coach ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, the club can confirm.

The highly rated 36 year-old is appointed to the role following the departure of Jonathan Thomas to Worcester Warriors at the end of the season.

Muldoon joined Bristol Bears in the summer of 2018 as defence coach, helping the club to a highest Premiership finish in twelve years.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We’re delighted that Mul will be stepping up into the role of forwards coach. He’s excited about the opportunity to build on the excellent foundations that JT has put in place.

"The entire management team are closely aligned in everything we do – we want to be the most dominant pack in the league and Mul can help deliver that ambition."

Director of Rugby Pat Lam

“Our philosophy at Bristol Bears is to ideally promote from within and develop our staff to become world-class in their fields. That’s the key thing about our vision, when personnel leave, the systems and structures that have been put in place means that the next person steps in to add value to the good work that’s being done.

“Mul has all the ingredients to be an outstanding coach, as he has already shown in his efforts with the team defence. We have worked together for a long time and he’s a natural leader. The boys respect him and he knows our systems in great detail.

“The entire management team are closely aligned in everything we do – we want to be the most dominant pack in the league and Mul can help deliver that ambition.”

A former Irish international, Muldoon has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young coaches in the Gallagher Premiership.

He said: “Working with Pat and the management team has been a fantastic experience and I’ve learned so much since I arrived in Bristol.

“It’s a truly unique culture that we have at the Bears and an environment that demands high performance, whether you’re a player, coach or member of staff. I’m excited about the opportunity to take on the forwards coach role next season – it’s a huge challenge.

“When you have a Director of Rugby like Pat who believes in you and gives you the tools to succeed, it not only creates a positive atmosphere, but also provides absolute clarity about what is expected and the direction we are going as a club.

“We have a young, hungry set of forwards and some genuinely world class players, so everything is in place for us to continue to show progress next season and beyond.”