Friday night saw the emergence of Bristol Bears as a European force, with the South West side beating established opponents Toulon to claim the Challenge Cup Trophy in France.
Pat Lam has overseen a transformation of the Ashton Gate outfit during his three-year tenure, taking them from Championship obscurity to Champions Cup qualification, the height of European rugby.
Tony Cox, host of the popular Bears Beyond the Gate podcast, has declared that his lifelong club are here to stay at the elite level of the sport.
“I think we’ve seen this year that Bristol are going to be competing at the top for the next two or three years, on our day we can beat anyone,” he argued.
More to follow…