Thompson and Turner named on Bristol Bears bench for win with Newcastle Falcons

Aaron Thompson in action for Bristol Bears A against Ealing Trailfinders

Aaron Thompson in action for Bristol Bears A against Ealing Trailfinders back in November. - Credit: JMPUK

Former Weston loose-head prop Andrew Turner and Hornets’ Aaron Thompson were both named in the Bristol Bears squad for their game with Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate on New Year's Day.

Bristol Bears' Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner signed professional terms with the Bristol Bears Integrated Academy Squad in July 2020 after graduating through the Under-18 setup. - Credit: JMPUK

Turner, who played for Weston Colts and is a product of Filton SGS Academy, was selected in the England under-18 squad last season, and continued his development by turning professional in July 2020.

Thompson signed for Hornets back in September as part of the Bristol Bears Scholarship Group. 

Despite the duo remaining on the bench for the Bears 29-17 victory, both received plaudits for being called up to the first team for the first time.

“For an 18-year-old prop to be included in a Premiership first XV squad is a phenomenal achievement,” said Weston’s Director of Rugby Sam Waterman about Turner.

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“I know, along with anyone who has been involved with his progress, he will do himself proud when he gets on the pitch.

“Off the pitch, Andy is an extremely polite, diligent and humble young man.

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“He has all the attributes required to achieve great things, not just in rugby but in life.”

Hornets head coach Jon Richardson said on Twitter: “How fantastic to see two young local lads getting their chance on the bench for Bristol Bears v Newcastle this afternoon.

"Andrew Turner of @wsmrfc and Aaron Thompson who recently signed for @Upthenestrfc but is a junior product of @WinscombeRugby. Good luck to both of them.”

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