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Ross Johnston Retires

Ross Johnston is set to retire from professional rugby after six seasons with the Bristol Rugby.

The long-serving hooker – who has been sidelined following surgery – will leave Bristol Rugby with immediate effect.

Johnston, who has made 119 first team appearances since a debut in 2009, holds the record for the most tries scored by a forward in competitive games, with 27 to his name.

“I’ve had a fantastic six years with Bristol Rugby and have some great memories of my time with the Club,” the 28 year old told

“I’m sad to be leaving, but everybody involved in the Club have been brilliant with me.

“I love this Club and I’d like to thank the supporters for making me feel so welcome during my time here. Whenever the option for me to move elsewhere became available, it was never something I considered. I always wanted to stay – it was a huge ambition of mine to help Bristol achieve top-flight status.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to achieve this, but I have every faith in the playing squad and management that we can be successful this season.

“I’ve made some lifelong friends and experienced many ups and downs over the six years. Regardless of what the future holds, I’ll always be a Bristol supporter.”

Director of Rugby Andy Robinson added: “We’re disappointed to lose Ross because he’s been an important individual for this Club for many seasons.

“Ross is a huge character – one of the most popular players in the squad and real warrior on the pitch – we thank him for his loyal services.”