Zimbabwean rugby star Lovejoy Chawatama on his way to Bristol

Lovejoy Chawatama of London Irish is tackled by Alfie Petch of Northampton Saints during the Premiership Rugby Cup Semi Final match between London Irish and Gloucester Rugby at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 10 February 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Bristol Bears have signed Harlequins tighthead prop Lovejoy Chawatama ahead of next season.

Chawatama opted to sign for Harlequins after the demise of his former club London Irish but the 31-year-old from Zimbabwe has since struggled for game time, only taking the field on seven occasions in all competitions this season.

The 5ft 11, 18st 8lbs forward is no stranger to the West Country having had a brief spell in the National Leagues with Clifton while he was studying construction project management at the University of the West of England.

Chawatama was a mainstay of the London Irish team in their swansong Premiership season in 2022/23, making 18 league appearances.



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