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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 …

16th April 2018 in: Bristol Rugby, Rugby
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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, …

13th April 2018 in: Bristol Rugby, Rugby, Uncategorised
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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 …

26th March 2018 in: Bristol Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Rugby

FOUR friends from their days at University have just completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second-largest ocean from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. Mark Gibson, the skipper of nine-metre Nuts Over The Atlantic, designated medic Steve Baker and his …

14th February 2018 in: Sailing, Watersports
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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 …

29th January 2018 in: Bristol Rugby, Rugby

Cornwall is bidding to be a venue’s to host one of 2021 Rugby League World Cup events with the county’s Rugby League Club, Cornish Rebels, spear-heading the ambitious application to bring par festivities to the South West. The Rebels have officially entered the application stage of the RLWC 2021 hosting process having attended conferences and …

19th January 2018 in: Rugby League
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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 …

25th December 2017 in: Bristol Rugby
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Worries that Bristol head coach Pat Lam could be enticed to replace Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder are, the Indy understands, completely without foundation and very wide of the mark. Mallinder saw his 10-year stay at Frankli’’s Gardens come to an end on Tuesday with the club, sitting 10th in the Aviva Premiership, …

17th December 2017 in: Bristol Rugby
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Unusually all ten Tyrrells Premier 15s League sides were in action yesterday afternoon before the competition takes a break over the festive period and returns in mid-January with the final seven rounds before the play-offs. Bristol closed the gap on third-placed Wasps to six points with a 89-0 home victory, their third win in a …

17th December 2017 in: Bristol Rugby, Womans Rugby
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Tight-head prop Nicky Thomas, who has been on loan at Bristol from Scarlets, has joined Dragons until the end of January as cover after Brok Harris was ruled out for four months following shoulder surgery, writes John Harding. Swansea born Thomas, 23, played for Wales under-20s for two seasons and returned to Wales from Gloucester …

17th December 2017 in: Bristol Rugby