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Bristol Rugby welcome Tommaso Benvenuti

Tommaso Benvenuti will play for Bristol. Credit: PA

Bristol Rugby have signed Italian international player Tommaso Benvenuti.

The 24-year-old has penned an 18-month deal. He can play centre, wing or fullback.

Benvenuti represented his native Italy in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the RBS Six Nations. He made 49 appearances for Treviso before moving to Perpignan in the summer of 2013.

Tommaso is a talented young player who is capable of performing consistently at the very highest level

– Andy Robinson, Director of Rugby

I’m excited to take on this new challenge with Bristol Rugby. It’s a great club that is building for the future. I’ve visited Ashton Gate before joining and seen the plans for the new stadium– it really appealed to me.

I’m looking forward to linking up with my new team-mates and helping Bristol push for promotion.

– Tommaso Benvenuti

Bristol Rugby leave the Memorial on a low after London Welsh defeat

Bristol Rugby Club has been licking its wounds today after failing to win a return to the Premiership.

A full house at the Memorial Stadium suffered a double disappointment last night as the team were unable to overturn a first leg deficit against London Welsh in the Championship play-off final.

But they also waved farewell to the club's old ground with a single point defeat. Our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth reports.

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Bristol Rugby miss out on Premiership

Bristol have failed in their bid to reach the Premiership through the Championship play-offs.

They needed to overturn a 19-point deficit in tonight's play-off final second leg against London Welsh in their last-ever game at the Memorial Stadium and fell some way short, as they lost by 21 points to 20.

Bristol Rugby had it all to do after the first leg Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Bristol Rugby coach hails fantastic Memorial Stadium atmosphere

Bristol's rugby players are hoping to overturn a 19-point deficit against London Welsh in the second leg of the Championship play-off final tonight. In Bristol's last-ever game at the Memorial Stadium, the winners will earn promotion to the Premiership.

Andy Robinson says it should be a night to remember.

End of an era for Bristol Rugby at the Memorial Stadium

Bristol will attempt to become the first side to overturn a Championship play-off final first leg deficit on Wednesday when they host London Welsh.

It will the club's last ever game at the Memorial Stadium, which has been home to the club since 1920.

Bristol lost 27-8 at the Kassam Stadium last week and must claw back that 19 point difference to return to the Premiership next season.

Charlie Amesbury and Ross Johnston believe that the team can deliver its best performance and the result that everyone at the club craves.

Next season Bristol will move into a new era across the City at Ashton Gate, before the famous old stadium site is turned into a supermarket. Whether the team wins promotion or not, tomorrow night's contest is loaded with historical significance, as our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports.

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