What a full strength Bristol Bears XV might look like next season

11. Henry Purdy

The utility back – who can play in midfield and across the back three – joined from Coventry in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Purdy left Gloucester in 2019, where he scored 16 tries in 49 Premiership appearances for the Cherry and Whites.


12. Josh Matavesi

The flying Fijian has made quite the impression after his mid-season switch from Newcastle Falcons to replace Jamie Roberts but Bath boss Stuart Hooper revealed he only has a contract at The Rec until the end of the season.

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam is known to be a huge fan of the player.


13. Semi Radradra

It was at the 2019 Rugby World Cup that the 27-year-old truly became a household name in the rugby world, making more than 400 metres in just four pool stage games and lighting up the tournament with his devastating blend of pace, power, agility and sleight of hand.

All of which Bristol Bears supporters can look forward to when the Flying Fijian arrives in the West Country next summer.


14. Luke Morahan

The utility back – who can play wing, full back and centre – has three caps for the Wallabies, as well as starring for Australia Sevens.

In 2018, Morahan led the try-scoring charts in the Greene King IPA Championship, earning a spot in the team of the season.

In his first season in the Premiership, Morahan was named in the Guardian team of the year and scooped the club’s ‘Try of the Season’ award for a stunning solo effort versus Leicester.


15. Charles Piutau

The 16-cap All Black’s arrival is one of the biggest coups in the club’s history, with Pat Lam bringing in the 25-year-old utility back in 2018.

Piutau, who can play full back, wing or centre, was named the Pro12 Player’s Player of the Year in 2017 and joined his brother, Siale, in the West Country.

In his first season in the Premiership, Piutau impressed in a Bears jersey, helping his side to the highest finish for a promoted side since 2007.

of Bristol Bears poses for a portrait during the Bristol Bears squad photo call for the 2018-19 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season at Ashton Gate on August 15, 2018 in Bristol, England.
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