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Prem 7's squad...
robtheh (IP Logged)
24 July, 2018 14:16
[www.bristolbearsrugby.com]

"Bristol Bears will take a young squad to the Premiership Rugby Sevens, as Franklin’s Gardens plays host to the tournament on July 27th and 28th.
Reiss Cullen skippers the twelve-man outfit that includes a host of exciting Academy talent. Matt Welsh, Ehize Ehizode, Jack Capon and Dan Thurston are all selected, while new Academy recruit Sam Cappaert will make his first outing in a Bears jersey.
International U18 trio Blake Boyland (England), Ioan Lloyd (Wales) and Nathan Chamberlain (Scotland) are named in the squad, while Mike Uren, Lailand Gordon and Durham University’s George Harding are also listed.
All 12 Premiership Rugby sides face over the Friday evening and Saturday, with Bristol Bears opening the tournament against Sale Sharks at 5.30pm, before playing Harlequins at 7pm.
After the pools are completed on Friday evening, Saturday’s matches will start at 2.30pm and see the top eight ranked teams contest the Cup quarter-finals.
Meanwhile the remaining four sides will head into the Plate semi-finals as they bid to lift some early-season silverware before the tournament concludes at 6.45pm.
Academy backs coach Sean Marsden said: “With our first team squad being away on an intensive warm weather training camp in Portugal, this is a fantastic opportunity for a young group of talented players to represent Bristol Bears.
“It is a good blend of players from our senior Academy, U18s and some external guests, who will be led by captain Reiss Cullen. I am excited to see the group play on the weekend and showcase their talents to a big crowd at Franklin’s Gardens and live on BT Sport.”"

Matt Welsh – A member of the Bristol Bears Academy, Matt Welsh is in his second year with the club, having graduated through the ranks. The powerful back represented Durham University in the BUCS Super League in 2017/18.
Jack Capon – Back rower Jack Capon is a member of the Bristol Bears Academy. The Exeter University student – who came through the age groups at the club – made his senior debut on the final day of Bristol’s Greene King IPA Championship title winning campaign.
Mike Uren – Versatile forward Mike Uren is set to run out in his second Premiership Sevens tournament this weekend, having represented Bristol in 2016 at Sandy Park. The Bristolian, whose two brothers have both played professionally for the club, has featured for Bristol in the A-League (now known as the Premiership Rugby Shield).
Reiss Cullen (c) – Reiss Cullen skippers the squad for the 2018 competition. The only senior member of the Bears squad included, scrum half Cullen is in his second year in the West Country, having joined from Watsonians.
Ioan Lloyd – Centre Ioan Lloyd burst onto the scene in the U18s League last season with a string of impressive performances. The hugely talented midfielder – who studied at Clifton College - earned international recognition with Wales U18s.
Nathan Chamberlain – Nathan Chamberlain came through the ranks of the Academy and agreed professional terms at the beginning of the season, while also studying at Hartpury University. The fly half represented Scotland U18s last season as well as Bristol Academy in the U18s League.
Lailand Gordon – Former Bristol Academy winger Lailand Gordon came through the ranks at the club, before spending two seasons in the England Sevens Academy. The speedster studied at SGS College in Filton, Bristol.
George Harding – Sedbergh product George Harding is set for his first outing in Bristol Bears colours on Friday evening. The Durham University student played a central role in the BUCS Sevens success, while also representing England Students Sevens.
Ehize Ehizode – Ehize Ehizode joined the Academy at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign. The rangy lock arrived from Wasps, where he represented the Coventry-based outfit in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Dan Thurston – Back rower Dan Thurston came through the age groups, before agreeing professional terms with the Academy ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. The Bristolian studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Blake Boyland – Bristol Academy U18 scrum half Blake Boyland came through the age groups at the club. The SGS Filton man made his international debut for England U18s during an impressive 2017/18 campaign.
Sam Cappaert – Versatile back Sam Cappaert joined Bristol Bears Academy in the summer of 2018. The former Northampton Saints Academy fly half – who was born in Essex - represented Bristol in the A-League last season.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
AlexInSouthville (IP Logged)
24 July, 2018 14:43
Fair play to Ehidoze, he is a big unit to be getting round a 7s field.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
24 July, 2018 20:49
"Make his first outing in a Bears jersey" - I wondered how long it would take for the word Bristol to start getting dropped.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Peter D (IP Logged)
24 July, 2018 21:03
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Gray_Lensman
"Make his first outing in a Bears jersey" - I wondered how long it would take for the word Bristol to start getting dropped.

Not long, I imagine, at least by the club. I'm rather hoping that it will be Bears that gets dropped first.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
robtheh (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 06:52
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Gray_Lensman
"Make his first outing in a Bears jersey" - I wondered how long it would take for the word Bristol to start getting dropped.

Was always going to happen, post-rebrand.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
AlexInSouthville (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 06:59
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Gray_Lensman
"Make his first outing in a Bears jersey" - I wondered how long it would take for the word Bristol to start getting dropped.

To be fair, there are at least three other instances in that article where they reference “Bristol Bears”

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 07:40
So that's a quarter of the time in an article about our first competitive outing under the stupid name. Plus they don't know where to put the apostrophe 😀

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 09:36
An article about some much needed rugby, a young team to get behind and the focus is on the naming....there are some negatrons on here!

George Harding seems like a good player.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 09:55
You do realise that it is possible to both support the team and be critical of some aspects of how it is run?

In an article about a young team we are supposed to get behind, the article manages to refer to a player pulling on a Bears shirt for the first time, not a Bristol Bears shirt or, heaven forbid, a Bristol shirt. I see that as the thin end of the wedge, just as I saw the small amount of red on our shirts as the precursor of increasing amounts until our historic identity was lost. Well, I see that our home shirt is now about 50% red and our years of underachievement were down to being called simply 'Bristol'. If that isn't losing our identity I'm not sure what is. I think it is unfortunate that others don't see that.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
SimonB (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 10:26
I for one will be happy just going to watch some rugby! This constant criticism of the new brand is getting boing for a lot of us and I hope we don't have to put up with it all season.
I consider myself a traditional supporter and would prefer to keep the hoops etc etc. But life moves on and so is our club.
Regarding the rugby, I wonder if the rest are putting out such junior sides. This is a great opportunity for the boys to experience what will be a great atmosphere at The Gardens, regardless of the outcome. Looking forward to seeing Cullen for more than 5 minutes as he has had very few opportunities so far.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
AlexInSouthville (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 11:40
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Gray_Lensman
You do realise that it is possible to both support the team and be critical of some aspects of how it is run?

Didn't you say you had decided against renewing your season ticket, due to the rebrand?

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 11:55
I haven't renewed. Your point being?

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 12:20
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Gray_Lensman
You do realise that it is possible to both support the team and be critical of some aspects of how it is run?
In an article about a young team we are supposed to get behind, the article manages to refer to a player pulling on a Bears shirt for the first time, not a Bristol Bears shirt or, heaven forbid, a Bristol shirt. I see that as the thin end of the wedge, just as I saw the small amount of red on our shirts as the precursor of increasing amounts until our historic identity was lost. Well, I see that our home shirt is now about 50% red and our years of underachievement were down to being called simply 'Bristol'. If that isn't losing our identity I'm not sure what is. I think it is unfortunate that others don't see that.

The OP started a thread about the 7s tournament, not the name change. You can critical but maybe start a separate thread about it, and keep it all in there? Start a petition if you feel that strongly, you will achieve nothing typing your frustrations on a messaging board.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
bris_rob (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 12:22
Being pedantic… won't every player in the Bristol squad 'be pulling on the 'Bears' jersey for the first time' this season tongue sticking out smiley

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
AlexInSouthville (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 12:27
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Gray_Lensman
I haven't renewed. Your point being?


"You do realise that it is possible to both support the team and be critical of some aspects of how it is run?"

My point being that your being critical of how it's run has coincided with you actively being less supportive....which counters your point somewhat

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 12:44
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SimonB
Regarding the rugby, I wonder if the rest are putting out such junior sides. This is a great opportunity for the boys to experience what will be a great atmosphere at The Gardens, regardless of the outcome. Looking forward to seeing Cullen for more than 5 minutes as he has had very few opportunities so far.

I think it's been encouraged to put youth sides out and looking on the Prem Rugby site, most of the teams have announced young teams. I'll be interested to see what Wasps do, as they normal field some of their big guns (certainly in the last couple of years)

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Rinkadink (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 13:17
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CF_Doom
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SimonB
Regarding the rugby, I wonder if the rest are putting out such junior sides. This is a great opportunity for the boys to experience what will be a great atmosphere at The Gardens, regardless of the outcome. Looking forward to seeing Cullen for more than 5 minutes as he has had very few opportunities so far.

I think it's been encouraged to put youth sides out and looking on the Prem Rugby site, most of the teams have announced young teams. I'll be interested to see what Wasps do, as they normal field some of their big guns (certainly in the last couple of years)

Had a nose on the Wasps forum the other day and they're putting out more of a development side IIRC.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 13:39
Quote:
Rinkadink
Quote:
CF_Doom
Quote:
SimonB
Regarding the rugby, I wonder if the rest are putting out such junior sides. This is a great opportunity for the boys to experience what will be a great atmosphere at The Gardens, regardless of the outcome. Looking forward to seeing Cullen for more than 5 minutes as he has had very few opportunities so far.

I think it's been encouraged to put youth sides out and looking on the Prem Rugby site, most of the teams have announced young teams. I'll be interested to see what Wasps do, as they normal field some of their big guns (certainly in the last couple of years)

Had a nose on the Wasps forum the other day and they're putting out more of a development side IIRC.

That's good news, hopefully get some cracking games of rugby

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Furriner (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 16:07
It’s 32C here in Northampton at present. Feeling a bit sorry for the players. But I’m guessing fitness will play an even bigger part than it would normally.

 
Re: Prem 7's squad...
Hercules Spoons (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 17:24
Bris v Sale ko 5.30 live on BT Sport 2 if anyone's interested

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