In yet another big statement of intent, Bristol Bears have signed one of England rugby’s brightest young talents.
Kyle Sinckler will arrive at Ashton Gate from Harlequins this summer on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old has 31 caps for England, representing his country at the 2019 World Cup where he was knocked unconscious in the third minute of the final; and featuring in all three tests on the Lions’ tour to New Zealand in 2017.
Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam called Sinckler an “an outstanding player and it’s fantastic to bring someone of his international calibre to the Bears”.
Lam said: “He’s coming into his peak years as a front rower and has a wealth of experience at the very highest level. What really pleases us is Kyle’s attitude. He’s excited about coming to Bristol and being part of our journey.
“A key part of our vision is developing our homegrown contingent to become England internationals. Kyle can set the example of what it takes for a young player to succeed at the highest level.
“With John Afoa committing for another season and Kyle coming onboard for two, it’ll strengthen the depth of such a key position with two world class players as we plan to fulfil our Champions Cup ambitions.”
Sinckler, who has made 146 appearances for Harlequins since making his professional debut in September 2011, said: “The opportunity to come to Bristol and play under Pat Lam was one that I couldn’t turn down.
“The Bears are an ambitious club on the up and it was great to visit the city and the facilities that they have. There’s a clear plan in place for long-term success and I’m looking forward to contributing.”
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