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Varndell: Ashton Gate Is A Fantastic Stadium

Tom Varndell says he is relishing the chance to make his competitive debut for the Club when Bristol face Bedford Blues on Sunday (3pm KO).

Andy Robinson's men kick off the new Championship season at Ashton Gate and Varndell is impressed by the ongoing redevelopment.

"It's shaping up to be a fantastic stadium. The pitch is immaculate and the new South Stand looks great," the winger told bristolrugby.co.uk.

"I've only had the chance to play there in the pre-season game, but you could already sense what sort of atmosphere can be created at Ashton Gate when the supporters get behind the boys.

"It's a really competitive, healthy atmosphere at the Club right now, and everyone's pushing each other all the time.

"I'm not going to walk into the team – there are boys here who have trained so hard all the way through pre-season and have amazing ability.

"I'm enjoying it so far and the lads have really welcomed me. There's a collective focus about what we need to do and we'll be trying to get the season off to the best possible start on Sunday."

Tickets are available online by clicking here or via Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600.

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