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Morgan tells Bristol he will leave at end of season

Morgan has appeared 26 times for Bristol but wants to further his international career Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Welsh International Matthew Morgan has told his club Bristol Rugby he plans to leave at the end of the season.

The 23 year old has scored 167 points in 26 appearances for the club since joining Bristol in 2014 but has indicated he wishes to leave in order to further his chances of international selection with Wales.

I’m grateful to Andy (Robinson) and the coaching staff for their understanding in me making this difficult decision.

I’m desperate to represent my country and leaving Bristol is the best opportunity for me to achieve this goal. My time at the Club has been fantastic and I have a great relationship with my team-mates and the supporters.

Until the end of the season, my focus is solely on helping Bristol be successful and ultimately win promotion to the top flight

– Matthew Morgan

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.

Morgan was names Championship player of the season 2013/14 Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

We’re disappointed to lose a player of Matthew’s quality because we felt he was developing well at Bristol Rugby.

But we can’t fault a young man in wanting to play international rugby. I just hope that those giving Matthew advice, stick to the promises that have been made to him. These are the main factors behind his decision to leave.

Matthew is a quality player and has lit up Ashton Gate with his performances in a Bristol shirt. Since he’s been here, he’s grown into a confident player who has had the opportunity to represent his country at a World Cup.

We back Matthew in his decision and he will leave with our best wishes at the end of the campaign. Until then, he knows he has a job to do and will be focused on signing off in the best possible way.

– Any Robinson, Director of Rugby, Bristol


Bristol Rugby team diverted due to turbulence

Bristol Rugby's first game in the British and Irish Cup has already hit an obstacle without a ball being played.

The team were due to take on Ulster tomorrow night (Friday 13 November) and were flying out to Northern Ireland when their flight was diverted due to severe turbulence.

They had to land at Glasgow instead - let's hope they make Kingspan Stadium in time for the 7.30pm start.


Bristol Rugby in the first leg of Championship play-off semi-finals

Bristol Rugby start their final push for promotion with their Championship play-off semi-finals tomorrow.

Bristol finished top of the table after only losing one match all season and now face a two-legged semi final against Rotherham, starting at Ashton Gate.

Andy Robinson Director of Rugby at Bristol says the team still needs to perform well over the next few weeks.

Bristol Rugby's head coach signs new deal

Sean Holley has become highly regarded among the supporters and players Credit: ITV News

Bristol Rugby's head coach, who joined in the summer of 2013, has signed a new deal.

Sean Holley has become highly regarded among the supporters and players, as the team prepares for to fight for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

They currently top the IPA Greene King Championship and Holley believes promotion is there for the taking:

We’ve come a long way in the two seasons I’ve been here so far. I feel we’re on a journey and we have unfinished business here. When I arrived here, I talked about my ambition to coach Bristol in the top flight. That hasn’t changed. You’re always flattered by interest from other clubs but I’m genuinely excited about what we have to look forward to at Bristol Rugby.

– Sean Holley

Ovens signs new contract with Bristol Rugby

Josh Ovens pictured playing for his previous club Bath Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rugby have extended their contract with Josh Ovens. The flanker's been given a new one-year deal after an impressive performance in the 2014/15 season.

Ovens made nine appearances for the first team this season, scoring three times. He originally joined Bristol at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign from Bath on a season-long loan, making 21 appearances in his first season in the blue and white hoops.

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