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'My nails are all bitten away!' Fans react to Bristol's dramatic promotion

Fans couldn't contain their excitement Credit: ITV West Country

Many Bristol Rugby fans will be nursing sore heads today as they celebrate their team's promotion.

A nail biting second half saw a flurry of tries and a very close score line, but Bristol came out triumphant in the end.

Our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth caught up with a few after the match:

Bath confirm Houston exit

Bath Rugby have confirmed Leroy Houston will leave the club to return to Australia, and the Queensland Reds.

After three seasons and 89 appearances, Leroy Houston will leave Bath and return to Super Rugby to further his chances of playing international rugby for Australia.

Houston has spent three seasons at the Rec Credit: CHARLIE FORGHAM-BAILEY/Sportimage/PA Images

The 29 year old previously represented Australia A, was selected as an 18-year-old to tour Europe with the Wallabies in 2005, and won a Super 15 title with the Reds in 2011.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me – I have loved every minute of playing for Bath. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Club for making my time here so enjoyable, and for their understanding in allowing me to leave to pursue my international ambitions. I’d also like to thank the fantastic supporters, who have given me so much support since I’ve been here – they’ve been amazing to me.

Getting the opportunity to represent my country has always been an ambition of mine, and getting the chance to realise that is the only reason that I would even consider leaving Bath.

I love this Club, the people here and the beautiful city, and I will definitely miss it - I’ll be watching and cheering on from Australia!

– Leroy Houston

Leroy has been fantastic in his time at Bath, and we’re really sad to see him go. His performances speak for themselves – he’s always given 100% every time he’s pulled on the Bath shirt. He’s been a hugely popular member of the squad, always smiling and willing to go the extra mile, and we’ll miss that. We’d all love to see him achieve his aim of playing for Australia.

– Toby Booth, First Team Coach

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Bristol Rugby secure promotion despite defeat on home turf

Bristol Rugby have won promotion and reached the Premiership after 7 years of trying.

They carried a 15 lead into this evening's Championship playoff final second leg against Doncaster at Ashton Gate.

Bristol Rugby win a line out during the GKIPA Championship final, second leg at Ashton Gate, Bristol. Credit: PA

A late first half try from Will Cliff extended that lead. A flurry of Doncaster tries after the break, saw the visitors win 32-34 on the night but it's a Bristol win by 17 points on aggregate.

Man of the match was Callum Sheedy.

Watch the winning moment:

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Bristol Rovers reject Leeds bid for Clarke

Bristol Rovers have rejected an approach from championship strugglers Leeds United for their manager Darrell Clarke. They've offered Clarke a new contract instead.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol Rovers can confirm that they have received an approach from Leeds United to speak to Darrell Clarke regarding him taking over as manager at Elland Road.

As yet, the Yorkshire side have failed to meet the conditions set out by Rovers to enable any talks to take place and until that happens there is nothing else to report.

We can also confirm that Rovers have offered Darrell a new and improved three-year contract to remain as Bristol Rovers manager.

Bristol Rovers will not make any further comment until, and unless, there have been any further developments.

– Bristol Rovers
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