Perry set for Bristol exit

Number nine linked with move from Memorial Stadium to France

Last Updated: 23/04/09 5:38pm

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Perry: Facing uncertain future

Perry: Facing uncertain future

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Former England scrum-half Shaun Perry is to leave National League-bound Bristol at the end of the season.

Perry, whose last England appearance came during the 2007 World Cup campaign against South Africa in Paris, has been linked with a move to France.

He will be joined by two fellow high-profile departures in Samoan winger David Lemi and captain Joe El Abd.

Flanker El Abd could also be on his way to a French club, while prolific try-scorer Lemi is believed to be a target for Welsh region the Scarlets.

Bristol, whose relegation from the Guinness Premiership was confirmed three weeks ago, wind up their league campaign away to league leaders and Heineken Cup semi-finalists Leicester on Saturday.

Head coach Paul Hull has announced three new signings ahead of the 2009-10 campaign, meanwhile.

Flanker James Merriman, part of Wales' World Cup-winning sevens squad in Dubai this year, joins from Neath, while American scrum-half Robbie Shaw is also on his way to the Memorial Stadium after stints with Connacht and Esher.

England Under 20 wing Dan Norton is another confirmed arrival after scoring a try for Moseley in their EDF Energy National Trophy final victory over National League One champions Leeds Carnegie.

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