Bristol Rugby

ENGLAND lock Dave Attwood will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season to re-join their West Country rivals Bristol. Attwood, who came through Bristol’s academy, will move to Ashton Gate in the summer on a two-year deal. The 31-year-old has 24 caps for England and as well as Bath has also played for …

BRISTOL Bears’ 2017 World Cup finalist Sarah Bern is back in the England Women’s team for their opening Six Nations game against Ireland on Friday (5pm). Bern will start at tight-head prop, with Gloucester-Hartpury’s Tatyana Heard lining up at inside centre in the absence of Lagi Tumia, alongside her team-mate Kelly Smith on the wing. …

HAVING already secured a place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup, Bristol Bears next turn their attention to gaining a place in the semi-finals of the Premiership Rugby Cup when they face Exeter Chief on Saturday (3pm), write John Harding. With Exeter Chiefs going down 9-7 away to Munster, Bath losing 20-17 in …

TONGAN international Siale Piutau is the latest player to commit his future to Bristol Bears. The Premiership club have announced that the 33-year-old back has signed a new one-year deal at Ashton Gate. Bristol’s head coach Pat Lam (pictured top) said: “Siale [Piutau] is hugely experienced and that’s been vital for us in this first …

SIX Exeter Chiefs players have been named in England’s 35-man squad for their opening Six Nations match against Ireland on February 2. Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon and Harry Williams are joined in the squad by Ollie Devoto. Former Bath back Devoto has not played for England since 2016 but he is …

ENGLAND international Nathan Hughes will join Bristol Bears ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. The 27-year-old powerhouse has signed a three-year deal to link up with head coach Pat Lam in the West Country. One of the most dominant forwards in the Gallagher Premiership, standing at 6’5” and weighing over 126kg, Hughes arrives from fellow top …

SAMOAN international Alapati Leiua has committed his future to Bristol Bears. The 30-year-old explosive utility back, who has scored five Premiership tries this season, has penned a two-year extension, tying him to the Bears until 2021. “We’re delighted that Alapati has agreed to continue being a big part of the Bristol Bears journey going forward,” …

TOM LINDSAY is set for his first Premiership start for Bristol against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (3pm KO). The hooker is one of six changes to Pat Lam’s side for the Sandy Park clash, with only Jordan Crane and Chris Vui remaining in the pack from the team that overcame Newcastle last weekend. Jake Woolmore …

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