Bristol Rugby retain five players for tilt at Championship title next season

Last Updated: 03/04/13 2:01pm

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Andy Robinson: Building squad for promotion next season

Andy Robinson: Building squad for promotion next season

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Bristol have announced that five players have signed new contracts with the Championship club for next season.

Fly-half Tristan Roberts, prop Mark Lilley, centre Luke Eves, winger Ryan Edwards and hooker Rhys Lawrence have all been retained as director of rugby Andy Robinson sets his sights on a return to the Premiership.

Eves has been an ever-present for Bristol this season, and Robinson said: "Luke personifies the values that we hold at Bristol Rugby. He's a homegrown talent who has stepped up and proved his quality to the team.

"To start and finish every single league game so far is outstanding, it's a measure of his importance to the side and his application on and off the field.

Potential

"Tristan is an extremely talented individual with plenty of potential. He has a reliable kicking game and is a threat with ball in hand, and he fits the profile of the type of player we want at Bristol.

"Ryan has exceeded all expectations and is improving every time he takes the field. He's an exciting player to watch: a dangerous runner in broken play and one of the hardest working individuals in the backline.

"Rhys works tirelessly, is ambitious and slots well into the squad dynamic. He sets high standards for himself and is a consistent performer. I've been impressed with what I have seen of Rhys so far, and he will play his part for Bristol Rugby next season.

"They all understand what we are trying to achieve here. Their contributions to the club - on and off the field - have been outstanding. I'm looking forward to working with them as we move forward."

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