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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Thursday, April 12th 2018

Departing players thanked for their contribution

Bristol Rugby would like to thank the departing players for their efforts and service to the club.

Thirteen members of the first team squad and four from the senior academy are set to leave Ashton Gate at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Club record try scorer David Lemi will move on following 139 appearances and 70 tries. Read more about the Samoan international’s departure here.

Long-serving prop Gaston Cortes is set to depart following six years with Bristol Rugby. The Argentinian international made 114 appearances in the blue and white hoops.

“We thank all our departing players for the contribution they have made to the rugby club – on and off the field."

Pat Lam, head coach

Jack Wallace (84 appearances) and Jack O’Connell (67 appearances), who joined in 2013 and 2014 respectively, will leave Ashton Gate.

Jason Harris-Wright (28 appearances) is set to depart following a season with Bristol, his second spell at the club, while Thretton Palamo (12 appearances) is released.

Alex Giltrow (7 appearances), Ryan Glynn (7 appearances) and Ben Gompels (10 appearances) all depart with the club’s gratitude and best wishes.

Soane Tonga’uiha (27 appearances) leaves after two seasons in the West Country, while Ryan Bevington (30 appearances), Jordan Williams (29 appearances) and Rhodri Williams (41 appearances) are all confirmed to be making the switch to Dragons.

Jordan Williams will make the switch to Dragons (JMP UK).

Academy fly half Billy Searle (35 appearances) moves on, while Jordon Liney (2 appearances), James Newey (5 appearances) and Tyler Gendall (5 appearances) also depart.

During the season, Max Crumpton (51 appearances), Olly Robinson (56 appearances), Ross McMillan (49 appearances), Dan Tuohy (8 appearances), Tom Varndell (50 appearances) and Giorgi Nemsadze (10 appearances) departed.

Head coach Pat Lam said: “We thank all our departing players for the contribution they have made to the rugby club – on and off the field.

“This is part and parcel of a professional rugby career, but the important thing is that these men are recognised for the part they have played in helping the team and, in some cases, driving the progress of the organisation for many years.

“Every member of the squad will be in attendance at Friday’s game to celebrate with their teammates and to have an opportunity to say goodbye to the supporters. We will have a jersey presentation after the game to thank these men for their service to the Bristol community.”