APPOINTMENT | Bristol Bears have appointed a new skills coach

Bristol Bears have confirmed that Sean Marsden has been appointed first team skills coach.

The 40-year-old Bristolian takes over the role from Bruce Reihana, who departs after three seasons.

One of the most highly regarded young coaches in the Premiership, Marsden spent four years as Bears Academy coach was appointed to the England U18s backroom staff during the 2019 Six Nations Festival.

“Sean is respected and well thought of by the entire group. Developing our staff and promoting from within is a core pillar of our vision. He is an excellent ambassador of our Bears Team culture and has shown his value to the organisation,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.

“Sean has shown his quality of preparation and detail during his time as Bears Academy Transition Coach. He has an excellent understanding and knowledge of our system and game plan coaching the Bears A Team as well the Bears U18s. I’m confident he can build on the strong foundations that Bruce set and help drive our Bears skills programme to the next level.

“We’re massively grateful to Bruce for the dedication, commitment and friendship he has shown in his time with the Bears. Bruce has been a key part of our journey from the start and has been an excellent team man. He brought real energy to the environment every day and we all wish him, Laura and the family every success for the next chapter of his career.”


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