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Bristol Rugby head coach leaves club

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.

– Sean Holley
Sean Holley joined the club in 2013 Credit: David Jones/PA

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.

– Andy Robinson, Director of Rugby

'My nails are all bitten away!' Fans react to Bristol's dramatic promotion

Fans couldn't contain their excitement Credit: ITV West Country

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:

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Bristol Rugby secure promotion despite defeat on home turf

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.

Bristol Rugby win a line out during the GKIPA Championship final, second leg at Ashton Gate, Bristol. Credit: PA

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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Gloucester rugby star Johnny May out for a season

Credit: David Jones/PA

Gloucester Rugby have announced Jonny May will be out for the rest of the season to recover from surgery.

The winger sustained a knee injury playing against Harlequins at Twickenham, and underwent surgery this week to repair damage to a ligament injury in his left knee.

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