Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears (officially Bristol Rugby Club or Bristol Rugby) are a professional rugby union club based in Bristol, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby.

Bristol Bears
Full nameBristol Rugby Club
UnionGloucestershire RFU
Nickname(s)Bears, Bris
Founded1888; 134 years ago (1888)
LocationBristol, England
Ground(s)Ashton Gate Stadium (Capacity: 27,000)
ChairmanChris Booy
CEOMark Tainton
Director of RugbyPat Lam
Captain(s)Steven Luatua
Most capsDarren Crompton (138)
Top scorerFelipe Contepomi (573)
Most triesDavid Lemi (34)
League(s)Premiership Rugby
2020–211st (Play-off Semi-finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.bristolbearsrugby.com
Current season

The club was founded as Bristol Football Club in 1888; between 1921 and 2014 Bristol's home matches were played at the Memorial Ground and since 2014 Bristol play home matches at Ashton Gate Stadium in the south-west of the city. The current head coach is Pat Lam who was appointed in 2017. In the 2021-22 Premiership Rugby season Bristol finished 10th entitling them to compete in the 2022-23 European Rugby Challenge Cup.

In June 2018 the club rebranded as Bristol Bears; between 2001 and 2005 the club were known as Bristol Shoguns due to a sponsorship deal with Mitsubishi.[1]

Bristol won the 1983 John Player Cup and have also won England's second division four times, most recently in 2017–18. In 2019-2020, Bristol won The European Challenge Cup for the first time.


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