Bristol Rugby

A LAST-gasp penalty try gave Exeter Chiefs a great comeback win over Bristol Bears that keeps them unbeaten and top of the Gallagher Premiership table. The Chiefs eventually triumphed 31-29 at Ashton Gate when referee Greg Macdonald ruled Bristol had illegally brought down a rolling maul. Exeter had been 26-12 down early in the second …

BRISTOL Bears will be the new name, from June 1 2018, that will be appearing in the Gallagher Premiership next season as they herald a new era in their roller-coaster 130-year history. The club were presented with the Green King IPA Championship trophy on Friday night at Ashton Gate after their 68-10 ten-try victory over …

BRISTOL were presented with the Greene King IPA Championship trophy after their final home game of the season, in front of a crowd of 13,100, when they were 68-10 winners over Doncaster Knights. It was the final home game in the Bristol colours for full back Jordan Williams, wing David Lemi, scrum half Rhodri Williams, …

EXETER Chiefs’ back five utility forward Ed Holmes has joined promotion-chasing Bristol on a short-term contract, the GKIPA Championship leaders confirming Sunday’s report in the Indy. Holmes, 22, has been drafted in due to injury worries following the release of second rows Daniel Tuohy, who departed by mutual consent, and Georgian national team captain Giorgi …

GKIPA Championship Bristol 18 Bedford Blues 13 Bristol, the Greene King IPA Championship leaders, were given an almighty scare by fourth-placed Bedford Blues who led for sixty minutes at Ashton Gate and looked on course to send their hosts to their first League defeat of the season. But tries from Luke Morahan and Nick Haining …

BRISTOL Rugby duo, Will Hurrell and Ryan Edwards, have headed out on loan with Hurrell linking up with Bath Rugby for the remainder of the season and Edwards moving to Cardiff Blues on a short-term agreement. “Following injuries for both their teams and the Six Nations approaching, I was called by Danny [Wilson] and Todd …

Former New Zealand All Blacks prop John Afoa is in talks with Bristol which, if successful, will see him leave Aviva Premiership neighbours Gloucester and make the short trip down the motorway to join head coach Pat Lam’s squad for next season. The 34-year-old made the first of his 36 appearances for New Zealand against …

West Country sports stars have been spreading Christmas cheer this week. Bristol City players visited Children’s Hospice South West’s Charlton Farm, while players from Bristol Rugby were at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Exeter City’s first-team players visited the children and teenagers on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, delivering dozens of …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons80002398537
Cornish Pirates860222810329
Ealing Trailfinders851223015925
Jersey Reds850319217925
London Scottish831413515218
Hartpury College830513813517
Doncaster Knights830513219213
Bedford Blues820613016012
Yorkshire Carnegie80081163861
1Newcastle Falcons660027
2Ealing Trailfinders641121
3Cornish Pirates640220
4Jersey Reds640220
5Coventry Rugby631218
6Nottingham Rugby630315
7Hartpury University630315
8London Scottish621313
10Doncaster Knights62048
11Bedford Blues61058
12Yorkshire Carnegie60061