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Bristol Bears have confirmed that Lewis Thiede will leave the club at the end of his current contract.

The tighthead prop has made thirty-one competitive appearances for the club since joining in the summer of 2018.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “Lewis departs at the end of his contract with our best wishes and full support. He’s a hugely popular member of the group and we are grateful for his contribution to the club.

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“It’s an exciting time for him and his partner Kate, who are expecting their first baby and are looking forward to starting a family in London, where Kate grew up.

“What’s been really pleasing is how Lewis has developed during his time here. Our culture is all about growing as a person and a professional. Lewis will leave as a better rugby player and with an exciting chapter of his life ahead of him, both personally and on the field.”

Thiede has been linked with a return to former club Ealing Trailfinders, and his exit represents the latest change to a playing squad that has seen significant investment recently.

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England international front-row Kyle Sinckler is set to join Bristol ahead of next season, while the backline will be bolstered by the additions of Saracens full-back Max Malins, and the headline signature of Fiji’s Semi Radradra.

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