Bristol Bears have announced the capture of British and Irish Lion Kyle Sinckler, who arrives on a two-year deal.
The 26 year-old– who joins from Harlequins in the summer of 2020 – has 31 caps for England, representing his country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The deal is reported to be worth in the region of £500,000 a year.
Sinckler featured in all three tests on the Lions’ tour to New Zealand in 2017.
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“Kyle is an outstanding player and it’s fantastic to bring someone of his international calibre to the Bears,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.
“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.”
The 26-year-old– who joins from Harlequins in the summer of 2020 – has 31 caps for England, representing his country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. pic.twitter.com/XIphuyCHmd
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) January 27, 2020
Sinckler has made 146 appearances for Harlequins since making his professional debut in September 2011.
He added: “The opportunity to come to Bristol and play under Pat Lam was one that I couldn’t turn down.
?| "Kyle is one of the best in the world – it's huge for us. He's got that hunger and determination to get even better."
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 27, 2020
“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.
“I’m grateful to Harlequins for everything they have done for me and my career. I’d like to thank the coaches, fans and my teammates for all their support over the years.”
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