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Posted Saturday, April 7th 2018

"Achieving promotion is first step, but this is just the start" - Lam

Pat Lam has set his sights on the top flight after Bristol Rugby secured an immediate return to the Premiership.

Bristol’s victory over Nottingham on Friday, coupled with Ealing’s loss to Doncaster ensures that the Championship title will be heading to Ashton Gate.

In Lam’s first season at the helm, the head coach has led his side to nineteen wins out of twenty games so far.

“I’m very proud of everybody in the organisation – the players, staff, supporters and the board. They’ve done a tremendous job. We were favourites to do it, but there’s been a lot of hard work put in,” said Lam.

“I’m very proud of everybody in the organisation – the players, staff, supporters and the board. They’ve done a tremendous job.”

Pat Lam, head coach

“We’re back in the Premiership and that was our goal, but the hard work steps up and the preparations continue for the top flight. We’ve been clear that our vision is Champions Cup, a pathway for England and Bristolians coming through. The first step was to get out of the Championship and now we have to prepare for the next phase.

“We all understand the work we have to do. It’s a job we’re relishing, having started on this journey a year ago. If I reflect on the season, the two games against Ealing were incredibly tough. The thing I’m really proud of is that every team was gunning for us and raised their game, which makes the job we have done even more remarkable.

“Next season, we will have a squad with over 70% English qualified players and I’m really excited about the talent that is coming through. We’ve got to keep mentoring these guys, bringing them through and giving them opportunities. It’s going to be a step up, so we will ensure our preparation and training standards are at a high level.

“Before I arrived, I’d heard a lot about the supporters here, but I’ve been blown away by their backing. The fans have followed us across the country, bringing a huge support. We are so pleased to be able to bring them Premiership rugby. It’s not about survival, we don’t ever want to leave this level again.

“We have a job to do now next week at Ashton Gate. We want to give our supporters a performance and its business as usual for us. We won’t let up in intensity because it’s an important game for us."


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