Hartpury are pleased to announce that five young players from our good friends at the Bristol Bears have been made available to Hartpury RFC, on loan, with immediate effect.
The name best known to supporters of the Red & Blacks will be that of pacy wing/full-back/fly-half Mat Protheroe (pictured), who starred in two AASE Championship triumphs with Hartpury before joining Gloucester Rugby, en-route to Ashton Gate.
Protheroe’s most recent Hartpury performances were in the ‘100%’ National One campaign of 2016-17, when he regularly combined with the likes of Harry Randall (now Bristol), Jake Polledri (Gloucester & Italy), Ben Vellacott (Gloucester) and Lithuanian express, Jonas Mikalcius, to terrorise opposition defences.
Joining him on loan will be Ehize Ehizode, who has been performing well for Hartpury in recent weeks, as well as Sam Graham and Charlie Powell, who both had some limited involvement earlier in the season. Powell’s single appearance was in the 23-17 win over this Saturday’s opponents, Coventry, back in September.
The fifth member of the quintet – and the only one with no prior Hartpury involvement – is prop forward, Jake Armstrong, signed by Bristol from the Jersey Reds prior to the current season, and previously of both Doncaster Knights and Wharfedale.
We welcome them all to the Gillman’s Ground. All are immediately available for selection.
Hartpury’s Director of Rugby, John Barnes, said “We would like to thank Bristol Bears and Pat Lam for the loan of these players.”
“Clearly, we are having some serious issues with injury this season and we are hoping that the addition of these top-quality young players will be of great help to us in the weeks to come.”
“For our supporters, of course, it will be exciting to see an alumni, Mat Protheroe, back in a Hartpury shirt at some point in the next few weeks.”
Bristol’s DoR, Pat Lam said, “Over the next block of crucial fixtures, it’s important we ensure that every player in the squad get game-time and have an opportunity to get minutes under their belts.”