12 December 2020 16:33
Bristol Bears celebrated as hard as the circumstances allowed. Some of the players had no sleep between the end of their European Challenge Cup final victory over Toulon and the plane's departure from Marseilles the next morning. The cider continued to flow over the weekend. Pat Lam, the club's director of rugby, encouraged it. He recognises the value of a tight-knit squad, of celebrating success and recognising important achievements.
This was Bristol's first major trophy since 1983. It was a "moment of inspiration" that needed to be toasted — but it was always a stepping stone. When Lam joined Bristol from Connacht in 2016 he told the club their ambition had to be more than just promotion back to the Gallagher Premiership, it had to