Bristol have missed out on a return to the Premiership after losing to London Welsh over two legs in the Championship Play-Off Final.
Bristol's hopes of returning to the Premiership have been hit after a disastrous first leg of their play-off final. We hear their reaction
Bristol's hopes of returning to the Premiership are hanging in the balance after a disastrous play-off final first leg at London Welsh.
Bristol Rugby can take a giant step towards a return to the Premiership this evening when they play the Championship final, first leg against London Welsh.
Andy Robinson and his team have elected to play the first half of the tie away before next week's decider at the Memorial Stadium, and he has faith in his team.
Bristol Rugby are through to the championship final after beating Rotherham. Bristol held a three-point lead from the first leg but were trailing Rotherham in the first half at Abbeydale.
They improved after the break and scored a try through Ben Mosses to spark a comeback and eventually won by 39 points to 25 on aggregate. They will now face either London Welsh or Leeds in the final.
In the Championship this afternoon, Bristol beat bottom side Ealing by a near cricket score - 82-28.
It's Bristol's record league win and guarantees them a place in the promotion play-offs at the end of the season.
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: