Gavin Henson has joined Championship leaders Bristol Rugby today after an agreeing an early release from their local rivals, Bath.
The former Wales international will be eligible to play during the 2014/2015 Championship season.
He will step into a Championship side which could well rejoin the Aviva Premiership at the end of this season if they maintain their run of form.
We thank Bath for their co-operation in this matter and agreeing to Gavin’s early release. Once he has integrated into our squad, Gavin will be considered for selection and we look forward to seeing him in a Bristol jersey in the near future.
The 33-year-old has played in several top European backlines at Saracens, Toulon, Ospreys and Wales. He also featured in the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour.
However he will also be remembered for several controversies which have seen spells at certain clubs come to an abrupt end. While playing in France he was suspended after a nightclub alteration. Bristol say his all-round ability and experience at the highest levels of the sport will be a good fit for the team.
Bristol is a well-run club with great facilities and a clear ambition for the future. I’m keen to play my part in that vision. I want to play rugby and focus on my game. The incentive for me is to show a positive attitude in a Bristol shirt and keep working hard on my performances.
In rugby, Bristol were in action tonight. They beat Yorkshire Carnegie 41 - 28 at home. That puts them through to the semi-finals of the British and Irish Cup
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Bristol Rugby have agreed a two-year deal with London Wasps for winger Tom Varndell. An England international with four caps to his name, Varndell has made 125 appearances for Wasps, racking up 350 points.
Varndell will join Bristol for the 2015/16 season. It marks a return to the city for the 29 year-old who went to school at Colston's Collegiate in Stapleton.
“Bristol is a proud rugby city with a loyal fanbase. It’s a great time to join and I look forward to the next chapter of my career.
“I have had a fantastic time at London Wasps and I thank the coaches, my team-mates and the supporters for making me so welcome for the past six years."
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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
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.
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 owner Steve Lansdown insists the club will get stronger despite losing in the Championship play-off final.
Bristol Director of Rugby Andy Robinson spoke to our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth after Bristol lost tonight's Championship play-off final second leg.
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.