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Rovers boss becomes highest paid manager in club's history

The future of Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clarke is finally clear today as the club announce he has signed another three year deal.

Amid speculation he could leave the team, following an approach by Leeds United, the freshly-signed contract makes Clarke the highest paid manager in the club's history.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

The manager - who has been at the helm since March 2014 and guided Rovers back into the Football League in 2015, before the club were promoted once again, this season.

Darrell believes that the ambitions of Bristol Rovers match his own and is looking forward to the challenge of preparing the club for life back in Sky Bet League One for the 2016/17 campaign.

– Bristol Rovers

'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:

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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

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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