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Steve Uren Departs For New Zealand

Published on 31st March 2014 by Tom Tainton

Flanker joins Tasman on six-month trial period

Steve Uren will continue his rugby development in New Zealand after agreeing a six-month trial period with ITM Cup side Tasman Makos.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to experience a different culture"

Steve Uren

The homegrown flanker – a member of the Bristol Rugby Academy – has made four competitive appearances for the Club since a debut in 2012.

Uren broke records as the youngest player ever to feature in the league for Bristol when he came on for his debut as a 78th minute replacement versus Moseley in February 2012.

Andy Robinson has agreed to release the 19 year-old from the remainder of his contract to take up the opportunity in New Zealand.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to experience a different culture, but also play in New Zealand and train with some talented players,” Uren told

“I’ve had a fantastic time at Bristol Rugby and I’ve been so proud to represent my hometown club – I’m looking forward to being able to play regular rugby for Harlequins, Tasman’s feeder club, and improve as a player.

“I go on a trial basis and will be back in October. My intention is to do my best when I’m out there and hopefully earn a longer contract, but if not, I’ll be hoping to find a Championship club when I’m back.”