1. ITV Report

Andy Robinson suspended as Bristol's Director of Rugby

Andy Robinson Credit: PA

Bristol Rugby have suspended Andy Robinson as Director of Rugby. They have issued the following statement:

Bristol Rugby have decided, following the extremely disappointing start to the season, to appoint Mark Tainton as Acting Head Coach with immediate effect.

Mark Tainton Credit: Bristol Rugby

The Club’s all-time leading points scorer, Tainton has previously coached at International level with Ireland, as well as with Wasps and London Irish in the Aviva Premiership.

The Club have also taken the decision to suspend the current Director of Rugby, Andy Robinson, from his role. The Club will carry out an immediate review of their coaching needs and requirements. That review will be completed as quickly as possible.

Club Chairman, Chris Booy, said: “This is clearly a very difficult time for the Club, but we remain confident we can retain our position in the Premiership. The support for the Club this season has been outstanding and that continued backing is very important going forward. Thank you.”

The Club will make no further comment until the review is completed.

Former Bristol player, Mark Regan, told ITV News West Country that he could see the changes coming.