Bristol Bears have released Tom Pincus following an SOS call from the Melbourne Rebels, who have been struck by an injury crisis.

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The Rebels have lost Wallabies Matt Toomua and Reece Hodge for their Super Rugby clash with the Sharks in Ballarat on Saturday afternoon, with both out with groin injuries. Pincus will join the Melbourne side as injury cover with immediate effect.

Bristol Bears have confirmed that the 27 year-old makes the switch to Super Rugby on a permanent agreement.

Pincus, – who joined Bristol in 2018 – has made two competitive appearances for the Bears this season, both in the Premiership Cup.

Speaking on the club website, Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We received a call from the Rebels and Tom’s representatives enquiring if Tom could be made available to help with their current injury situation.

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“After speaking with Tom, we all agreed that this is a great opportunity for him to return to Australia and to play Super Rugby.

“We have strength in depth in the back three position, so we support Tom wholeheartedly as he embarks on this new challenge. We would like to thank Tom for his hard work and contribution to the club on and off the field and we wish him well down under.”

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Pincus scored his first Premiership try on a memorable debut in the nailbiting win over Newcastle in 2018.

He added: “I’ve absolutely loved my time in Bristol – both the city and the club have been fantastic. I’m so grateful to the staff, coaches, players and supporters for creating such a great environment for me to evolve as a player and a person. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, I’ve learnt so much from everyone and will come away with mates for life.

“The opportunity to experience Super Rugby and take on a new challenge in Melbourne was one that I couldn’t turn down. Thanks to Pat and the team for their understanding and I look forward to following Bristol’s achievements this season and in the future.”

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