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Rugby Rocks on Sam FM is back and this time we will be following the fortunes of Bristol Bears in the Premiership. Following last seasons promotion back to the top flight, Pat Lam and his men have been working tirelessly during the off-season to ensure Bristol is ready to face some of the biggest names in world rugby.

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The sports team will bring unrivalled coverage of all of Bristol’s home fixtures this season. Whilst you enjoy the run, we will also throw in some of the greatest rock songs on the planet. How do we do it? All thanks to Kellaway Building Supplies! Kellaway Building Supplies are your local, independent DIY store with thirteen branches across the South West.

If this isn’t enough, Downsy will be posting a blog each week once the season kicks off and also check him out on the official Bristol Bears podcast. Downsy is access all areas and has the latest fall out from inside Bristol Bears.

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Downsy Bristol Bears Blog

Bears 23 – 21 Saracens

Pic Credit – JMP UK

Saturday saw a historic win for the Bears over the reigning champions Saracens, it all came down to an 80th-minute penalty from the boot of the cool, calm and collected Irish International Ian Madigan to secure the victory in truly dramatic style!

Afterwards, Downsy caught up with Head Coach Pat Lam:

And Back Rower Dan Thomas:

We can also reveal that as the season draws to a close and with everything to play for Sam FM Rocks Rugby will bring you all the action from the final game of the season away to Newcastle Falcons as well as all the remaining home games.

Bears Vs Saracens. Saturday April 13th

The Bears take on the reigning Premiership champions Saracens on tomorrow. Downsy headed up to Bears HQ for a chat with Fly Half Callum Sheedy ahead of the clash:

Photo Credit:  Rogan Thompson / JMPUK

Photo Credit: Will T. Photography / JMPUK

Kick off is at 5:30pm tomorrow afternoon and you can follow all the action on the pitch on Sam FM Rocks Rugby from 5pm.

Bears Vs. Worcester - Saturday 23rd March


After back to back wins and the 1st away victory of the season, Pat Lam’s men are back in action this Saturday. Downsy caught up with Back Rower Jordan Crane up at the training ground ahead of the clash with old rivals Worcester Warriors. You can hear all the action from the pitch.


Bears 22 – 29 Wasps

Courtesy of JMPUK

A strong second half performance from the Bears sadly wasn’t enough to secure a win over Wasps on Friday night at Ashton Gate. As ever, Downsy was on hand to collect some post-match thoughts.

Firstly he caught up with Co-Captain and Number 8 Jordan Crane:

And then Head Coach Pat Lam:

Sam FM Rocks Rugby with Downsy and Toby returns on Friday March 1st for the Premiership game vs Gloucester.


Downsy was straight on the pitch for some post match interviews after this impressive win …

Here he is with Head Coach Pat Lam reflects that important win:

And winger Tom Pincus chats to Downsy about scoring a try on his Premiership Debut.

Steven is staying

Downsy caught up with all 6’5” of Steven Luatua, the 15 times capped All Black legend and now firm Bears favourite, after he committed his future to the club for another 2 years.

Bears 41 – 10 Tigers

Harry RandallCourtsey of JMPUK

After the Bears mauling the Tigers at Ashton Gate, Downsy caught up with scrum half Harry Randall on scoring his debut try for the club:

Bears vs Tigers Game Day 14 – Gallagher Premiership Round 9

Downsy caught up with former Leicester Tigers back rower Jordan Crane at the training ground ahead of the Premiership clash this weekend at Ashton Gate:

Bristol Bears 29 – 31 Exeter Chiefs

Gameday 12 for Bears saw Round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership at Ashton Gate. It was league leaders Exeter Chiefs with their unbeaten start to the season to defend taking on a Bristol side now boosted with a Bears Premiership debut for All Black Charles Piutau. After a nail-biting 80 minutes, the whole game came down penalty try awarded to the Chiefs in overtime. Downsy caught up with Bear’s Centre Will Hurrell pitch side as soon as the final whistle blew:

Pic courtesy of JMPUK

Bears Blog Exclusive: Meet Charles Piutau

In another blog exclusive, ahead of Bears big South West derby on Sunday with Exeter Chiefs, Downsy caught up with the Northern Hemisphere’s most revered player, Charles Piutau in the dressing room at Ashton Gate…
One of the biggest names in rugby in the Northern Hemisphere... and Charles Piutau from the Bristol Bears. 

Bristol Bears Podcast

Bristol Bears PodcastThe Official Bristol Bears Podcast is back presented by our very own Downsy! Join front rowers Jake Woolmore and Jake Armstrong for the best in Bristol Bears news, opinion and exclusive features recorded live in the dressing room at Ashton Gate.

Click here to listen to the latest episode.

Bristol Bears 43 - 22 Zebre

A return to form for Bristol Bears in their first game of the European Challenge Cup. Here’s Downsy’s exclusive post match pitchside interview with back rower Sam Jeffries:

Sam Jefferies and Alapati Leiua in action in the brand new third kit

Sam Jefferies and Alapati LeiuaPic courtesy of JMPUK

Bears vs Warriors is ancient history… now it’s all about Zebre

In our latest Blog Update Downsy and Sam FM Rocks Rugby commentator Toby Osborne discuss a bad day at the office for the Bears and their imminent return to Europe.

Callum Sheedy - 10 Questions we ask everyone

Downsy and Callum SheedyAhead of the Round 6 Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Sunday I managed to grab 5 minutes with Fly Half Callum Sheedy to ask him the questions on everybody’s lips … ok, maybe not everyone’s …

Bristol Bears 40 - 45 Northampton Saints

Bristol Bears vs Northampton Saints

(Photo from JMPUK)

Another cracking game on Saturday but even after a spirited second half come back, including 2 tries in the last ten minutes, the Bears fell to their first Premiership defeat this season at Ashton Gate. All was not lost though as we took 2 points from the encounter. A bonus point is awarded to a side for scoring 4 or more tries and if the score finishes within 7 points, so we got both of those.  After the match I was able to grab a quick chat with Centre Will Hurrell. Here’s what he had to say about the match …

Bears 20 – 13 Harlequins

Nick Fenton-Wels(Photo from JMPUK)

It was a rather wet one at Ashton Gate on Saturday for Bears 2nd home game vs Quins. Whilst Bristol remained in charge for most of the game, there were a few heart stopping moments. Some fantastic kicking from Scrum Half Andy Uren and the golden boots of Ian Madigan were once again on fire in some atrocious conditions! Here’s my post match chat with Hooker Nick Fenton Wells:

Gloucester 35 - 13 Bristol Bears

Downsy is joined by Sam FM Rocks Rugby Co-Commentator Toby this week to review the defeat to Gloucester.

Downsy Pre-Match talk with Ian Madigan

It’s another West Country derby for the Bears this Friday night as they face Gloucester at Kingsholm. After a slightly embarrassing encounter with Irish international Ian Madigan during the Saracens clash, catch my alternative pre-match interview with Mads below!

Saracens F.C. 44 - 23 Bristol Bears

It was a trip down the M4 for Downsy this weekend to Allianz Park … the home of Saracens … here’s his full time vlog:

Bristol Bears 17 - 10 Bath Rugby

What a way to return to The Premiership! A record crowd at Ashton Gate and a win over the bitterest of local rivals Bath! It was such a great atmosphere and so nice to see so many Bristolians there having a great time. I was wandering around with my camera crew and managed to say Hi to lots of you. Oh, what a night!!!!!

Bristol Bears Vs Bath RugbyPhotos: JMPUK

There were stilt walkers, live music and all kinds of refreshments in the fan village … have a look at my preview here.

Then the attention turned to the pitch as 26,000 fan’s eagerly awaited the arrival of the teams. Here’s the view from my exclusive pitchside position:

It was a fast paced heavy hitting game which Bristol led most of the way with outstanding efforts from Alapati Leiua, Ian Madigan and man of the match Luke Morahan. The last ten minutes were pretty tense and there was a HUGE roar from the Ashton Gate faithful as the final whistle blew … here’s that very moment as I filmed the Bears Bench:

The dream start for The Bristol Bears back in the Premiership and Sam FM Rocks Rugby will be following the action every step of the way … #UpTheBears!

I’ll be back for another update soon.



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