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Bristol Rugby sign Wasps' star Tom Varndell

Wasps' player Tom Varndell will be touching down for Bristol Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire

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."

– Tom Varndell

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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

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.

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