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Red Roses quartet commit to Bears Women

Amber Reed, Sarah Bern, Clara Nielson and Rownita Marston have all re-signed with Bristol Bears Women ahead of the 2020/21 season.

All four players have played integral roles for the Bears throughout the 2019/20 season with Reed and Neilson leading from the front and providing a strong leadership pairing as co-captains.

Meanwhile, Bern and Marston are arguably two of the most dangerous and destructive players in the Premiership with ball in hand, as well as providing thunderous hits in the defensive line.

The quartet have all featured for Simon Middleton’s Red Roses over the past 12 months:Reed leads the way with 57 caps, Bern sits on 35, Nielson and Marston have 2 caps each.

Bristol Bears Women Head Coach, Kim Oliver, said: “I’m delighted that all four girls have committed to Bristol Bears Women ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

“They’re all an absolute pleasure to coach with all four bring in different strengths to the playing group and driving the standards in their own unique way."


Amber Reed

The ingenious centre is entering her twelfth campaign with her hometown club and has been a rock in the inside centre channel for over a decade.

Co-captaining the side alongside Nielson, Reed brings strong leadership and organisational skills to the midfield, as well as her rugby intelligence allowing unlock opposing defensive lines with pinpoint passing accuracy.

Despite missing the early stages of the season, Reed stormed back into form in 2020 with her skillset and performances warranting a starting berth in the Red Roses backline throughout the 2020 Six Nations campaign.

Reed added: “I am extremely delighted to have re-signed for Bristol. The club’s philosophy fits my style and it is where I feel I can reach my potential as a player.

“There are ambitious plans ahead and it’s an exciting opportunity for me to be part of something special here in the West Country and help contribute towards my childhood club.”


Sarah Bern

Since returning to Bristol in the summer of 2018, Bern taken her game to the next level and cemented herself as one of the best tightheads in World Rugby.

Whilst providing a dominant set-piece at scrum time, the bulldozing front rower has many more strings to her bow with powerful running, quick feet and deft handling, to name a few, which makes her an all-round threat with the ball in hand.

Bern said: “Bristol is a lovely club and I’m really excited to work in a more professional setting this year, which will hopefully push us on next season.

“It’ll be great to continue our work with the men’s side for my personal development goals. I love being a part of Bristol Sport and the community it brings with the other clubs involved.

“The coaches, support staff and especially S&C know my goals, my body and work super hard to keep me in my best shape on and off the field.

“I’ve really enjoyed developing my game during lockdown and I’m excited for when we can finally get back on that pitch and play some rugby.”


Clara Nielson

The hooker has continued to excel in a Bears jersey throughout the 2019/20 season making the co-captain an integral cog in the Bears machine, which has been emphasised by her starting all 12 league games this season prior to the season being terminated.  

Packing down alongside Bern, Nielson provides a strong platform for the backs at scrum time, as well as impeccable accuracy at the line-out.

Nielson added: “I've been at Bristol for 8 years now it’s a club I hold dear to my heart – I absolutely love being a Bristol Bear.

“I'm really excited at the direction the club is going in and can't wait get going again soon.”


Rownita Marston

The 2019/20 Player’s Player of the Year has had an outstanding breakthrough season, which has seen her go from strength to strength.

Marston has impressed round after round in the Premiership, whether it be in her ability to shrug defenders off as she advances down the pitch or her bone crunching tackles in the defensive line.

Her performances were recognised with a step-up to international rugby with the Red Roses in November, and if 2019/20 was anything to go by, Marston will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Marston said: “I’ve re-signed with Bears because of my love for the club and most of all my teammates.

“Every player I have played alongside in a Bears shirt has helped shape me into the player I am today and I’m grateful for that.

“I’m excited to see how much further I can develop alongside those who push me to be my best.”


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