Magnus Bradbury to join Bristol Bears

Magnus Bradbury to join Bristol Bears

Back-row Magnus Bradbury will leave the club at the end of the season to join English Premiership side Bristol Bears.

The Scotland international and Scottish Rugby Academy graduate joined the club in 2014, making his professional debut for the capital side at the age of 19.

A product of Oban Lorne RFC, Bradbury – who has since earned 17 caps for his country – became Edinburgh Rugby’s 36th club centurion in December, marking his 100th appearance with a Player of the Match performance against Benetton.

Bradbury, 26, is now relishing the opportunity to ‘create some more special memories’ as Edinburgh gear up for the business end of the season, with the 2021/22 campaign set to be his eighth and final year in the Scottish capital.

Bradbury said: “Although I am excited to be joining Bristol Bears, I can’t stress enough how much I’ll miss this club. I’ve been at Edinburgh for eight years and absolutely love playing here.

“Thanks to the fans, coaches and especially the boys for making it so special. We still have a massive season ahead of us and I’ll be putting 100% into everything to create some more special memories.

“Pulling on the Edinburgh jersey has always meant everything to me and I’ll be doing my upmost to make sure I leave on a positive note.”

Head Coach Mike Blair, added: “It’s obviously a shame that Magnus is moving on from Edinburgh, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for him at Bristol and he leaves with the best wishes and upmost respect from all of us at the club.

“Back-row is a position where we have particular strength and depth, so although we are disappointed that Magnus will be leaving us, this will create more opportunities for younger players coming through.

“Magnus has been playing brilliantly this season and those performance have meant he’s put himself right back into international contention. We’ve been really proud of the way Magnus has fought for that Scotland jersey, and here’s hoping he continues that form for the remainder of the Six Nations.

“Magnus will leave Edinburgh as a club centurion and seasoned Scotland internationalist. He’s been a special player and brilliant club man for the past eight years and will have a huge part to play as we push for the best possible finish in both the URC and European Challenge Cup.”

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