Ep29 - Stirzaker and Thiede depart, Hurrell retires and rule changes
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In the episode the boys talk about the departures of two of the current squad at the end of the season - scrum half Nic Stirzaker and tight-head prop Lewis Thiede. Will they be replaced or in the current climate will we make do with what we've got? With Will Hurrell's retirement from rugby confirmed, we reminisce on the four season that Will has served for the Bears and wish him all the best for the future. 

Also in the pod we talk about the recent Premiership statement that the league has now been postponed indefinitely but with the aim to still complete all of this season's games. We give our views on the chances of seeing a full season played and the issues around contracts finishing on 30 June.

We also take a look at some proposed rule changes and what they may mean for Bristol Bears style of play. Are they needed changes to enhance the spectator experience or unnecessary tinkering with the game?

Finally, we wrap up with the little things we all miss about the gameday experience at Ashton Gate.

Bears Beyond The Gate is a Bristol Bears podcast made by fans for fans.

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