"Biggest rebuild yet" - Pat Lam offloads 21 Bristol Bears stars - Ruck

“Biggest rebuild yet” – Pat Lam offloads 21 Bristol Bears stars

Bristol Bears have confirmed a lengthy departures list ahead of the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership season, with 21 confirmed players set to depart the club.

The Bears have also made some key signings, with the likes of Saracens winger Max Malins set to bolster Bristol’s reduced attack.

Bristol Head Coach Pat Lam discussed the tightening grip of the Premiership’s salary cap, and the new-look Bears side ahead of next season.

“While the challenges of managing the salary cap reduction mean that next season’s 41-man squad is the smallest we have had during my time here, I’m excited by the new players coming in, the talent we have retained and the quality of the Academy players coming through.” Lam said to Bristol Live

“This time of the year is always difficult as we say farewell to some great people who have contributed significantly to the club, on and off the field, throughout their time with the Bears.

Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam carries out post match interviews after the Gallagher Premiership rugby game between Leicester Tigers and Bristol Bears at Welford Road on June 5th – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

“We thank them for their hard work, and they can all be very proud of their efforts and achievements here. Once a Bear, always a Bear.

“As we do every season, we will be honouring these players in-house next week and there will be an opportunity for supporters to show their appreciation at Ashton Gate following the conclusion of the Gloucester game on Saturday, May 6th.

Confirmed Bristol Bears leavers list:

Joe Joyce (163 apps)

Andy Uren (157 apps),

Ioan Lloyd (79 apps)

Jack Lloyd