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HARLEQUINS V BRISTOL BEARS RUGBY HOSPITALITY PACKAGES

2020/21 Gallagher Premiership Home Match – Saturday 26th December 2020

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THE OPPOSITION

Founded in 1888 after the merger of club rivals Carlton and Redland Park, Bristol make the journey to The Stoop along the M4 from Ashton Gate Stadium. They have spent eight of the last ten seasons outside the Premiership. It’s a sore spot for their fans, with Bristol finishing top of the Championship four times between the 2009-2010 and 2015-2016 seasons, only to fail in the end-of-season playoffs that used to determine which of the top four teams were promoted to the Premiership. Following a rebrand from Bristol Shoguns – thanks to a sponsorship arrangement with Mitsubishi – the club now refer to themselves as Bristol Bears.

NOTABLE PLAYERS

While playing for Bristol in February 2017, ex-England winger Tom Varndell surpassed Mark Cueto’s haul of 90 tries to become the leading try scorer in Premiership history. Other notable former players include Gavin Henson, Jason Little (one of only twenty players to win two Rugby Union World Cups) and Bristol’s record points scorer, Mark Tainton.

Bristol’s star player is Fijian phenomenon Semi Radradra. He’s big, fast and almost untackleable. Other current Bristol Bears players to look out for include England internationals Dave Attwood, Kyle Sinckler and Nathan Hughes as well as former All Blacks trio John Afoa, Charles Piutau and Steve Luatua.

FIXTURE HISTORY

In the 2019-2020 meeting at The Stoop, Harlequins edged this fixture 22-17. This narrow margin extends to total wins with Quins’ 19 to Bristol’s 15. The Bears tend not to enjoy their visits to The Stoop, only ever winning 3 away games.

2020/21 FIXTURES

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