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McMillan Bolsters Front Row Options

Ross McMillan has joined Bristol Rugby from Northampton Saints with immediate effect. 

The Northampton Saints hooker joins on an eighteen-month deal and links up with the first team squad on Monday.

McMillan made forty-three appearances at Franklin’s Gardens, helping Saints to the Amlin Challenge Cup victory in 2014.

“Ross is a tough competitor who has good set piece skills and a high work-rate around the field. He’s a positive character and will fit in well into the environment,” Director of Rugby Andy Robinson told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“Losing Max [Crumpton] and Ross [Johnston] to long-term injuries have left us light in the hooker position, so Ross’ arrival bolsters our options there.

“We’d like to thank Northampton Saints for their co-operation in agreeing an early release and allowing us to bring Ross to Bristol.”

A former England U21, McMillan has a wealth of Championship experience having represented Nottingham and Moseley.

The 27 year-old added: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come down to Bristol and compete for a first team place.

“I know the Championship well – it’s a tough league and there are no easy fixtures.

“With the quality of players and coaching staff at Bristol’s disposal, everything is in place for a promotion push, so I’m excited to play my part.

“I’d like to thank Northampton Saints – the coaches, players and staff - for my time there – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and really developed as a player.”