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Bristol Rugby's First Team Coach has left he club after three seasons.
Sean Holley joined the team in 2013, and helped the squad to win the Championship title in May.
But, after what he called "three tough years" he announced professional rugby had taken its toll and he had decided to leave.
I’m delighted and proud to have played my part in helping Bristol reach their goal of getting back to the Aviva Premiership after a seven year absence.
However, it’s been a tough three years with some highs and lows and professional rugby takes its toll, especially on the family who have remained living in Wales.
I’d like to thank everyone involved with Bristol for some great memories and wish them all the best for the future but I now look forward to pursuing some new and exciting challenges.
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Bristol Rugby thanked Sean for his "significant contribution" to the environment at the Club but added with a tough Aviva Premiership campaign ahead they felt now was the right time to restructure their coaching department.
Sean leaves with our very best wishes and we wish him success in the next chapter of his career.
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:
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.
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 Rugby have beaten Ealing in the Championship in a decisive Friday night win.
Andy Robinson's side scored nine tries in a 63-10 win at Ashton Gate. Ollie Robinson and Ben Mosses both crossed the line twice.
Coach Sean Holley complimented the team on an 'outstanding' performance.
SH: "Full credit to the players. They were outstanding again."
SH: "We're about setting standards now, and that's what the boys did tonight. We have to keep building on that for when the play-offs come."
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Wales scrum half Rhodri Williams has agreed a two-year deal with Bristol Rugby.
The 22 year-old – who arrives from Scarlets – has three international caps following a debut versus Tonga.
Rhodri is a talented scrum half with a burgeoning international career ahead of him,
With a wealth of experience at both domestic and European level, he will bring an added dimension to our young and exciting backline."
After 78 appearances for the Scarlets, Williams is exciting to be starting a new chapter of his career in Bristol.
I’m looking forward to what the future holds and relishing the prospect of playing in such a fantastic stadium in front of Bristol’s passionate supporters next season.”
Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of Wales International Matthew Morgan for the 2016/17 season. The 23 year old has scored 167 points in 26 appearances for the club since joining Bristol in 2014 but told the club in December he wanted to leave in order to further his chances of international selection with Wales.
(http://www.cardiffblues.com/news/8017.php#.Vo47IZOLSi4) Read the full statement here.
In a series of Tweets Morgan thanked Bristol for his time at the club:
I would like to thank @bristol_rfc for my time at the club and I am fully committed until the end of the season and getting promotion!
Also excited about joining @cardiff_blues next season, a club with a lot of history and playing back in Wales in front of a packed CAP
Despite his small stature (5ft 8" and weighing less than 12st) Morgan has been at the heart of some of Bristol's best rugby over the last season starting moves at fly-half or finishing them from fullback.
He was named Championship player of the season 2013/14 and started for Wales in the Rugby World Cup pool clash with Fiji, while also making an appearance from the replacements bench versus Uruguay.