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Posted Tuesday, June 15th 2021

Obituary: Jack Adams

It is with great sorrow that Bristol Bears announce the death of former player Jack Adams. Jack, a centre who played for the club for two seasons from 2009, had been suffering from cancer and was only 34 years of age.

Jack Paul Michael Adams was born in Gloucester. He was educated at St Peter’s School and was capped by England at Under 16 and Under 18 level. He played his early club rugby for Brockworth, and he came through the Gloucester Academy to make his Gloucester first team debut as a replacement for Mike Tindall in 2005. In all he played 35 matches for Gloucester, and during his time at the club he appeared as a dual-registered player for Moseley. He was also a member of the England Sevens squad, where his skills earned him the nickname ‘Ghost’. Jack was unfortunate to be injured after being selected for the England Under 21 squad; his rugby career was often blighted by injury.

Jack joined Bristol at the start of the 2009-10 season. This was the season after the team had been relegated from the Guinness Premiership, and he was a member of the squad which finished at the top of the Championship, only to lose a two-legged play-off final against Exeter. Bristol did not challenge for promotion the following season, but they did win the British & Irish Cup, defeating Bedford at the Memorial Stadium in the final. Jack was a member of the winning side. In total he played 57 first team games for Bristol, scoring 13 tries, including two in a bizarre 40-36 victory at Birmingham & Solihull.

After leaving Bristol, Jack played for Moseley again, before having spells at both Cinderford and Chinnor. He was a member of the England Counties XV and he coached at Brockworth and Hucclecote. Jack was very popular with his fellow players, and many tributes have been paid to him. All at Bristol Bears send their sincere sympathy to Jack’s family at this terribly sad time.  


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