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Posted Friday, March 9th 2018

Lam adds seven standout Championship players to squad

Bristol Rugby have bolstered their squad further for the 2018/19 season, securing the services of seven of the Greene King IPA Championship’s standout players.

Jersey trio Jake Woolmore, Jake Armstrong (props) and Tom Pincus (wing) put pen to paper, while Ealing Trailfinders’ Lewis Thiede (prop), Luke Daniels (full back) and Piers O’Conor (centre) also sign.

Bedford Blues hooker Tom Lindsay also makes the switch to the West Country as Pat Lam continues to recruit for the new campaign.

As well as All Black Charles Piutau, Bristol announced a further nine new signings in January. Read about what happened on Signed Up Saturday here.

Jake Woolmore captained Jersey to victory at Ashton Gate last weekend (JMP UK).

Pat Lam said: “There are some incredibly talented young English players in the Championship and we believe that these guys can make the step up to the next level and play in the top flight.

“Jake [Woolmore] and Jake [Armstrong] are powerful scrummagers who have been sought after by a number of Premiership clubs, while Luke [Daniels], Lewis [Thiede] and Piers [O’Conor] have been three of the most consistent players in the league.”

“There are some incredibly talented young players in the Championship and we believe that these guys can make the step up to the next level."

Head coach Pat Lam

“Tom [Lindsay] is a shrewd operator and a man with plenty of experience in the top flight with Wasps, Gloucester and Saracens, and Tom [Pincus] is an exciting young player who can operate across the back three.

“It’s vital to have strength in depth and competition in every position. We’re delighted to have young men with the right desire and attitude to succeed in Bristol Rugby shirts.”