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James Hall To Take Break From Professional Rugby

James Hall will take a break from professional rugby following the conclusion of the 2016/17 season.

The prop – who arrived in 2013 – has made fifty-four appearances in the blue and white hoops.

Hall will undergo knee surgery in the summer but insists that, during his time on the sidelines, he will be remaining involved in rugby.

“I’ve had a few injuries to my knee and, while it’s been managed well until the end of the season, it’s got to the point where I need an operation to correct the issue and be able to continue playing in future,” Hall told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“I’m going to take a break from professional rugby, but I want to be as pro-active as possible and continue developing, even if I’m not on the field. I’ve completed my RFU Level Three coaching badge this season, as well as working with the Academy and UWE rugby set-up. Coaching is something that I really enjoy and I have been fortunate enough to coach Broad Plain – a great local club – too.

“Through the RPA, I gained a level 3 personal training award. I’m also going to explore that further next year, working with athletes who wish to develop themselves and move into the professional environment.

“I do feel as though I have unfinished business as a player and that I can definitely have a positive impact on the field, so ultimately my ambition is to get back to playing once I’m back to full fitness.

“I can’t thank Bristol Rugby enough – they have been fantastic with me. It’s a great place to be a part of and I’ll be sad to leave. It’s been an honour to represent the city and to work alongside some excellent people. I’m going to stay in Bristol with my family, so will continue to be a supporter of the Club.”