Bristol Rugby know that the next three months will decide if their ambitions of returning to the Premiership will be fulfilled
Bath Rugby has confirmed that Anthony Perenise will leave the Club at the end of the season to join Bristol.
Bristol show they're serious about returning to the Premiership with the signing of Wasps and former Gloucester fly half Nicky Robinson.
Bristol Rugby have today confirmed their signing of Sale Sharks' Dwayne Peel on a two-year deal. The 32 year-old has earned 76 caps for Wales, playing his part in two grand slam victories in 2005 and 2008.
Peel represented the British & Irish Lions on the 2005 tour to New Zealand, making three appearances. He has made 82 appearances for Sale Sharks, scoring 7 tries.
Dwayne says, "I'm delighted to be joining Bristol and taking on this new challenge in my career. There's a real desire to achieve things - Bristol is a club with lofty ambitions and a clear vision of where they want to go - that appealed to me."
Bristol Rugby travel down to their unhappiest of hunting grounds this weekend - the Mennaye Field in Penzance, where they haven't won a match against the Cornish Pirates for nine years.
Andy Robinson's promotion chasing team are also eager to avenge the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pirates on the opening day of the season.
Matthias Kurth reports
Bristol's Director of Rugby Andy Robinson tells our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth that the season was "unacceptable".
But victory over league leaders Newcastle in the final match at the weekend has set the standard for next season:
Chris Booy claims Bristol Rugby have under-achieved during Middleton's two years in charge. Watch his extended interview below.
Bristol Rugby has issued a statement following the announcement that their Head Coach, Liam Middleton, has been sacked after two years at the club.
– Bristol Rugby
Following an initial review by Director of Rugby Andy Robinson, Bristol Rugby has today parted company with Head Coach Liam Middleton.
The Club believes that it is in the best interests of both parties to act sooner, rather than later.
Bristol Rugby would like to thank Liam for all the work he has done over the past four seasons, initially as Academy Manager and, more recently, as Head Coach.
Andy Robinson will now take full control of all rugby matters as the Club strives to reach the RFU Championship semi-finals and progress further in the British and Irish Cup.
Bristol Rugby have sacked head coach Liam Middleton.
Middleton has been dismissed following back-to-back defeats against Nottingham and Moseley that leave the club outside the Championship play-off positions.
He spent nearly two years in charge but there has been speculation over his future since the appointment of Andy Robinson as Director of Rugby exactly a month ago. Robinson will now assume total control of first team affairs.
29 year old Ben Skirving has joined Bristol Rugby from Bath, where he has been since 2009. He has made 18 appearances so far this season and has scored one try.
– Ben Skirving, Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby... are making positive strides on and off the field.
Liam [Middleton’s] project to drive Bristol forward is one that I’m excited about and looking forward to contributing to.
To be part of a Club that matches my own ambitions as a player is something I feel very positive about.”