Scrum achievement! Filton's George making his mark with Bears

February 14 2021
Scrum achievement! Filton's George making his mark with Bears

The 21-year-old, who grew up in Dunkeld Ave and attended St Teresa's Primary and St Bede's Secondary, has enjoyed a steady rise to success since his early days as a junior at the St Brendan's club.

by Rich Coulter
 
It was the best possible start to 2021 for Filton rugby star George Kloska - a tri and a man-of-the match performance in his first full game for Bristol Bears in rugby's elite Premiership when they faced Newcastle on New Year's Day.
 
After being spotted as a teenager at St Brendan's, George was put on the Bristol Bears Academy programme and also had a spell with the highly regarded SGS College squad in Filton.
He has now played several matches for the Bristol Bears top team as a hooker but the 29-17 victory over Newcastle, with George scoring a vital try in the  58th minute, was his first full game for the Ashton Gate side, who currently top the Premiership.
George told Filtonvoice: "Rugby all began for me at St Brendan's. My brother James played and my dad came from a family of rugby players.
"At first I wasn't so much into rugby and played a lot of basketball instead, but in Year 9 I got back into it and went through the age groups at St Brendan's.
"From there I was picked to be part of the Academy process at Bristol and three years ago I settled into my current position as hooker."
(Editor's note: the hooker in rugby is a member of the forward pack and has a vital role in securing possession for his team at the scrum as well as usually being responsible for throwing in the ball at lineouts)
 
George said his time at SGS College prepared him well for the mindset needed in professional rugby.
He said: "At SGS College it seemed more serious and I went on to play at a very good level for the Dings National League 2 team as well as college and Academy games.
"My debut for Bristol was, oddly enough, against Newcastle last May when I came off the bench as a substitute.
"As a fan when I was younger, it has been amazing to play for the first team and the only thing that was missing was a big crowd which we all hope will return soon once the pandemic is over.
"I do often think how lucky I am that this is my 'job'. I also want to take the chance to thank my brother James, as well as my mum Clarissa and dad Gerald who took me to games and who have supported me all the way through.”