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Midfield duo commit for 2018/19 season

Bristol Rugby’s plans for the 2018/19 season continue to take shape as powerful midfield duo Will Hurrell and Jack Tovey pen new deals.

Homegrown Tovey – who came through the Academy system and has gone on to make 171 appearances in the blue and white hoops – is the longest serving member of the squad.

Will Hurrell joined Bristol in 2016 and has made thirty-seven appearances, making an immediate impression in the Aviva Premiership in his debut season at Ashton Gate.

Head coach Pat Lam said: “Strong competition in all positions is crucial for Bristol Rugby being successful so we’re very pleased to retain these two, young English-qualified players for next season.

 “Jack and Will are great team men and we’re excited to have the opportunity to continue their development and help them reach their goals.

Jack Tovey is the longest serving player in the squad (JMP UK).

“Jack [Tovey] is a Bristolian who has been through the highs and lows with this club and he wears the badge with pride. His versatility is a big asset for us and the coaching team believe he is capable of taking his game to another level.

“Will [Hurrell] is an abrasive ball carrier and showed what an asset he can be in the top flight. He’s working hard to grow his game and develop into the type of centre we need at the club.

“With our vision to bring through home-grown English players who excel for Bristol Rugby – it’s fantastic to see these guys commit to what we are trying to achieve.”

“With our vision to bring through home-grown English players who excel for Bristol Rugby – it’s fantastic to see these guys commit to what we are trying to achieve.”

Head coach Pat Lam

Jack Tovey made his debut in 2009 and the centre told bristolrugby.co.uk that the environment is the best he has experienced during his time at the club.

“Pat [Lam] and the coaching team established a clear vision for the players over the summer and it’s made a huge difference to the environment and the way we are playing,” said the 27 year-old.

“Personally, I’m thoroughly enjoying being challenged to improve and having clarity about what the coaches want from me. As somebody who grew up supporting the club, it’s a massive privilege to continue my journey with Bristol."

Will Hurrell on his way to the tryline earlier this season (JMP UK).

Will Hurrell earned plaudits for his maiden season with the club and has since gone on to make nine appearances during the current campaign.

The 26 year-old said: “It was an easy decision to commit to Bristol, especially with the direction that the club is going and the positive mindset that Pat [Lam] and his coaches have brought to the environment.

“It’s a tight-knit culture and the guys are playing for each other. We know we have a job to do this season and there’s a real focus about continuing to perform and improve as players.

“Our vision is to ‘Inspire our community through rugby success’ and the boys realise we have an opportunity to create something special here at Bristol Rugby.”

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