Ex Aussie international George Smith has agreed to extend his contract and remain with Bristol Bears until the end of the current Gallagher Premiership season. Initially Smith was only with the Bears for 6 month as cover, but the club and player have mutually agreed to the extension.

“George [Smith] has been a superb addition to the squad, as we were confident he would be,” said head coach Pat Lam.

“Not only for his performances in the Premiership, where he has been one of our leaders on the pitch, but also for the way he has carried himself off the field.

“George sets a positive example and the advice and mentoring he provides to the younger guys is invaluable. He brings nous and experience to us in a key position in the team. We’re delighted to keep him here, and he’s really enjoying it here, so it was an easy decision for both parties to make.”