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Charles Piutau, the former All Black utility back, who is joining Bristol for next season on a two-year deal from Ulster, is said to have an eye on playing for Tonga in the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Piutau, who is believed to be the world’s highest paid rugby player on around £1 million per …

3rd December 2017 in: Bristol Rugby

Devon will be holding trials for their county squad to take part in the 2017/18 Gill Burns County Championship Cup, which will see them play Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Kent in April and May. The trials will be held on Sunday, January 21, at Topsham RFC and Sunday, February 11, at Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC. All …

3rd December 2017 in: Womans Rugby

Last week England Rugby launched an action plan to grow the number of women and girls playing rugby more often over the next four years. Why was it then that so many matches ended as ‘walkovers’? It was a weekend clearly set aside in the ‘RFU Women’s Structured Season’ for the Senior Cup, Intermediate Cup, …

26th November 2017 in: Womans Rugby

Kim Oliver has taken over the reins as Bristol Ladies head coach, a role she has been covering since the departure of Kris de Scossa, having been appointed by the club as their assistant coach at the start of the season. Bristol have been going through some troubled times, having lost a number of their …

26th November 2017 in: Bristol Rugby, Womans Rugby

Steven Luatua returns to lead Bristol in Friday evening’s GKIPA Championship match away to Yorkshire Carnegie, kick off 8 pm, after being left on the bench throughout last week’s win over Rotherham Titans. Bristol head coach Pat Lam said that Luatua had been fitting fit and raring to go for the Titans match, if required, …

17th November 2017 in: Bristol Rugby

Unbeaten league leaders Bristol return to Greene King IPA Championship action at Ashton Gate on Saturday lunchtime when they take on struggling Rotherham Titans, kick-off 12.30pm, with the visitors without a win in their seven outings this season. Tongan international Siale Piutau makes his long-awaited return from injury in a Bristol side that shows seven …

10th November 2017 in: Bristol Rugby

Bristol’s Caity Mattinson and Lagi Tuima plus Gloucester-Hartpury’s Ellie Kildunne are among six uncapped players named in the 28-player England Women’s squad for the three-match Old Mutual Wealth Series against Canada next month. Mattinson is no stranger to wearing the Red Rose as she has captained the England U20s side which has also included Tuima, …

29th October 2017 in: Womans Rugby

The ‘Silly Season’ is the period usually lasting for a few summer months, typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media, but when it comes to most sport, and rugby is no exception, it can be any time of the year. Why let the truth stand in the way of a good …

29th October 2017 in: Bristol Rugby

BRISTOL missed the chance to go top of Pool 2 of the British & Irish Cup as they slipped to their first defeat since going down 39-27 in the Premiership at Newcastle in May, as Doncaster made it three wins out of three visits to Ashton Gate Doncaster Knights went into the break 18-8 ahead …

23rd October 2017 in: Bristol Rugby

Cornwall’s Fistral Beach at Newquay is the venue for this weekend’s British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) surfing championships, with the best student-surfers in the UK competing at probably the largest surf competition in Europe. Hoping to leave with a medal, and BUCS points for their institution, no fewer than 333 students (239 male and …

17th October 2017 in: Surfing