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Six England U20 internationals commit to Bears Women

Bristol Bears Women is delighted to announce the club has retained the services of six talented England U20s representatives.

Hollie Cunningham, Phoebe Murray, Lily Stoeger-Goddard, Lucie Skuse, Ellie Mulhearn and Sophie Phillips have all committed to Bristol Bears Women ahead of the 2020/21 Premier 15s campaign.

Head coach, Kim Oliver said: “Young homegrown players are at the core of the Bristol Bears vision, so it’s great to retain this group of talented youngsters, who have very bright futures in our game.

“I believe all of these players have the necessary talent and work ethic to succeed at this level for years to come. Their ability has already been earmarked by age-grade international honours, hopefully our environment can allow them to grow into future Red Roses.”


Hollie Cunningham

England U20s: 2016-2019

The powerful lock has been a regular in Kim Oliver’s starting XV over the last two seasons with her tireless work rate, powerful carrying as well as her ability in the air at the lineout.

“Bristol has allowed me to progress as an athlete and has given me a lot of support on and off the field. I’m buzzing to get the new season started and show what the Bears can do”, said Cunningham.


Phoebe Murray

England U20s: 2017-2019

Murray possesses deceptive speed, which combined with her awareness on the ball makes her a potent attacking threat in the Bears’ back-line.

Her ability to beat the first defender allows the Bears to get on the front foot when in attack and her defensive toughness has seen her grow into a top operator at thirteen.

“I’m really excited to be re-signing with Bristol Bears and build on the strong performances and positive culture we built throughout last season, said Murray.

“It’s such a supportive group of players and staff, and I’m really excited to get back to start next season to develop even further as a team.”


Lily Stoeger-Goddard

England U20s: 2017-2018
National Academy: 2018-2019

The evasive winger is another Premier 15s regular in Kim Oliver’s squad, who possesses quick feet, a great ability under the high ball and strong kicking game, which are invaluable in the wide channels.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my development at this great club, Bristol have given me a lot of experience at the highest level and I can’t wait to give back”, said Stoeger-Goddard.


Lucie Skuse

England U20s: 2019-20

The young Bristolian fly-half has gone from strength to strength throughout the 2019/20 season with a number of composed performances in the number 10 jersey.

Skuse is a very selfless operator with an eye for a gap in the defensive line making her an exciting prospect for many seasons to come.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of playing for my hometown club and to continue to do that is a dream come true. I’m Bristol born and bred, and I'm proud to be a part of the Bears”, said Skuse.


Ellie Mulhearn

England U20s 2017-2019

Another young Bristolian plying her trade for her hometown club, who epitomises the role of a prop forward in the modern era of the game.

Mulhearn is strong at the set-piece, which coupled with a strong ball-carrying ability and deft handling makes her an all-round threat to Premier 15s defences.

“The coaches have a great ethos and the camaraderie between players and staff is something special. I’m excited to see how we grow as squad next season”, said Mulhearn.


Sophie Phillips

England U20s: 2019-20

The versatile forward can cover many positions in the pack, which speaks volumes about her wide-ranging skillset and willingness to learn.

Phillips work rate allows her to get through a lot of unseen work, which often doesn’t get the plaudits and is one to keep an eye on over the coming season.

“The culture that has been created within the club creates an environment which allows me to excel as a player, and I can’t wait to be back training with the squad in preparation for next season”, said Phillips.


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