ALL BLACKS back-row forward Steven Luatua has signed a new two-year contract with Bristol Bears.
The 27 year-old has committed his future at Ashton Gate until 2021.
Luatua, who has made himself a fans’ favourite, has made 23 appearances for Bristol since arriving at the club in 2017.
Luatua, who has been capped 15 times by New Zealand, said: “It’s a privilege to commit my future to Bristol Bears – it’s an environment that is getting the best of out of me. I’m enjoying working with Pat [Lam] and the quality players we have here.
“There is huge ambition at the club to keep progressing and getting better, I’m excited to be a part of that. It was an easy decision for me and my family – Bristol is a place that I feel a close affinity to.”
Head coach Pat Lam (pictured top) said: “Steve is a pivotal character for us, on and off the field. His influence around the training ground and his performances on the field have earned him the respect of players, staff and supporters.
“Steve has been one of the most consistent performers across the Gallagher Premiership and he’s been key in driving Bristol Bears forward with the development of our game.
“Securing his commitment at this early stage underlines the belief that we have within the club about what we can achieve. We’re looking forward to seeing Steve continue to drive our progress towards our vision.”
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