‘Vital part of our journey’ – Bristol Bears’ irreplaceable forward signs new club deal

Bristol Bears have announced that one of the club’s greatest players of the professional era, Steven Luatua, has put pen to paper on a new contract to extend his stay at Ashton Gate.

The 15-capped All Black, who also represented Samoa at the 2023 Rugby World Cup after switching international alliances, made 126 appearances for the Bears over seven seasons, captaining the side 90 times in that time – 15th most in club history. . The 32-year-old, who can operate in the back row, joined the club from Super Rugby side Auckland Blues in the summer of 2017 and has since established himself as one of the best players in the Premiership.

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Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam said: “Stevie’s contribution to this club since he arrived with me in 2017 has been incredible. From the Championship to the present, he is a vital part of our journey and the Bristol Bears story.

“As we build a young and exciting team for the future, Steven’s experience, leadership and world-class skills will continue to be crucial to the development of the next group of youngsters, setting an example of what it takes to be a Bear at the highest level.

“Stevie is a Bears centurion and loved and cherished by Bristol fans, who together with his wife Olivia and their Bristol-born children have made this city their home away from home.”

Luatua added: “The opportunity to stay at the club was an easy decision for me. I am proud to represent this club and I know how much it means to the city.

“I am grateful to Pat, Chris and the Lansdown family for their faith in me and also to the community who have made me and my family so welcome here. I think about how far I’ve come in my time here too. I think we have a lot more to achieve. I am excited about the potential of our young and hungry squad next season and excited to see what we can achieve.

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