Statement: Bristol Bears coach departs with immediate effect - Ruck

Statement: Bristol Bears coach departs with immediate effect

Former Newcastle Falcons boss Dave Walder will leave Bristol Bears with immediate effect.

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Bristolian Sean Marsden has been promoted to Backs and Attack Skills Coach, the club have since confirmed

The 44-year-old fans’ favourite, who made more than 150 appearances for his hometown club during a nine-year playing spell for Bristol, makes the step up from Assistant Backs and Attack Skills Coach.

Marsden initially joined the club’s coaching staff as an Academy Transition Coach in 2016, rising through the ranks to take on a senior position in Pat Lam’s coaching setup.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: “I’m really pleased to promote Beanie (Sean) to the role of Backs and Attack Skills Coach – it’s a great opportunity for him to take the next step in his coaching career and he is fully deserving of the role.

“We’ve seen the impact that Bristolian Mark Irish has had on our forwards last season when I gave him the opportunity to step up and Beanie has followed a similar pathway, coming through our Academy coaching setup to have a real impact on the senior side.”

Louis Rees-Zammit’s dating history includes Premier League legends daughter and famous YouTuber

Six months have passed since Louis Rees-Zammit swapped the rugby pitch for the gridiron, chasing his NFL dream with the Kansas City Chiefs. The journey has been nothing short of exhilarating for the Welsh sensation.

After an intensive 10-week training program, Rees-Zammit signed with the Chiefs and is now eyeing a spot on the final 53-man roster. His rise in the sporting world has been meteoric, capturing the attention of fans and media alike.

But it’s not just his professional life making headlines. Rees-Zammit’s personal life has also been a hot topic, featuring relationships with high-profile personalities, from a Premier League legend’s daughter to a famous YouTuber and a notable model/DJ.

Alicia Scholes

In December 2019, before his international debut for Wales, Rees-Zammit posted a photo of himself playing for Gloucester. Alicia Scholes, daughter of football legend Paul Scholes, humorously suggested an England debut was imminent, despite Rees-Zammit’s Welsh roots. He firmly replied, “Wales*”.

In a BBC interview, Rees-Zammit spoke about his past relationship with Alicia, a professional netball player for London Pulse. He revealed the light-hearted attempts by her father to sway him towards England, which he steadfastly resisted.

Alicia and her father Paul found themselves in the spotlight in 2021 due to a viral video that led to playful banter among rival supporters.