England international Dave Attwood to make Bristol return next season

Dave Attwood has played 24 Tests for England
Dave Attwood has played 24 Tests for England

Bristol Bears have announced that England international Dave Attwood will make a return to the Gallagher Premiership club this summer.

The 31-year-old graduated from Bristol University and joined Bristol Academy before making first team debut in 2005. The 31-year-old switched to Gloucester Rugby in 2009 before moving to Bath Rugby in 2011. He also had a loan stint with French side Toulon in 2018.

Attwood has overall featured in 146 Premiership games with 105 out of it coming for Bath Rugby.

"It’s a hugely exciting opportunity for me to come back to Bristol, where my rugby education began," the 6ft 7in lock said.

“As somebody who grew up and studied here, my family and I have a close affinity to the city. The way Bristol Bears has established a forward-thinking culture and environment has made everybody sit up and take notice – I can’t wait to be a part of that and to contribute to the vision.”

Attwood made his England debut in 2010 and has played 24 Tests since then with his last appearance for the national side coming in November 2016.

“Dave [Attwood] ticks the boxes for the type of player we want to fit our vision; he’s homegrown, an England international, a consistent performer in the Champions Cup and a quality person,” said head coach Pat Lam.

“We’re delighted to be able to welcome Dave back home. It’s important to us to have a core of Bristolians representing the city and he is a high-quality Premiership performer.

“To challenge for Premiership and Champions Cup trophies, it’s vital to have a strong depth of quality experienced forwards.

"Dave, as an excellent set-piece operator, certainly brings that as well as real physicality and presence to the Bears forward pack. It’ll be fantastic to have him on board.”

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