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Bristol hoping to beat their Cornish bogey

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


RUGBY: Club statement on Liam Middleton sacking

Bristol Rugby has issued a statement following the announcement that their Head Coach, Liam Middleton, has been sacked after two years at the club.

Following an initial review by Director of Rugby Andy Robinson, Bristol Rugby has today parted company with Head Coach Liam Middleton.

The Club believes that it is in the best interests of both parties to act sooner, rather than later.

Bristol Rugby would like to thank Liam for all the work he has done over the past four seasons, initially as Academy Manager and, more recently, as Head Coach.

Andy Robinson will now take full control of all rugby matters as the Club strives to reach the RFU Championship semi-finals and progress further in the British and Irish Cup.

– Bristol Rugby

RUGBY: Bristol sack head coach Liam Middleton

Liam Middleton has been sacked following two successive defeats Credit: PA Wire

Bristol Rugby have sacked head coach Liam Middleton.

Middleton has been dismissed following back-to-back defeats against Nottingham and Moseley that leave the club outside the Championship play-off positions.

He spent nearly two years in charge but there has been speculation over his future since the appointment of Andy Robinson as Director of Rugby exactly a month ago. Robinson will now assume total control of first team affairs.

Bristol Rugby are a "fantastic club" - Ben Skirving

29 year old Ben Skirving has joined Bristol Rugby from Bath, where he has been since 2009. He has made 18 appearances so far this season and has scored one try.

Bristol Rugby... are making positive strides on and off the field.

Liam [Middleton’s] project to drive Bristol forward is one that I’m excited about and looking forward to contributing to.

To be part of a Club that matches my own ambitions as a player is something I feel very positive about.”

– Ben Skirving, Bristol Rugby


SPORT: Ben Skirving a "wealth of experience"

He [Ben] is a widely respected professional who can become an integral member of our squad.

Ben is a powerful ball carrier, a hard worker and gives us plenty of options in the lineout.

We’re trying to build a squad with the right balance of youth and experience – Ben fits the bill of a player in the prime of his career.”

– Liam Middleton, Head Coach, Bristol Rugby
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