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Callum Sheedy / Andy Uren Ė Progress to Date, Thursday 8th February 2018, Clifton RFC, 7.30pm start


Please come in BIG numbers to hear Callum Sheedy and Andy Uren talk about their blossoming Bristol Rugby careers and their aims for the future. The talk will take place at Clifton Rugby Club in the main bar on Thursday 8th February 2018 starting at 7.30pm.


Entrance is free, but we do ask that you dig deep and buy as many raffle tickets as you can to support future young Bristol players through the BRIS Trust. Once again we would like to thank Butcombe Beer and Thatchers Cider for providing the bulk of the prizes.




To enable us to continue to provide the same level of support that we have traditionally provided to promising young Bristol players, we need you to join the Trust or attend one or more of the talks that we arrange.


You may have received a leaflet from one of us on the way into the Pirates match. Inside you will find an application form. So, either complete this or go to the Trust Literature page and download an application form and complete and post it together with your payment. Alternatively, you can pay via BACS and email your details through to if thatís easier.


The details are Lloyds Bank Sort Code 30-00-01 Account No 02722359 and mark your reference BRISTRUST. Once you have done this please email us your name, address, telephone number and email address to and we will be in touch to provide you with your membership card.


Thank you for your support!

Happy Christmas


Seasonís greetings to all fans of Bristol Rugby Club! I do hope that you have all included the line ĎBristolís promotion back to the Premiershipí in your letters to Santa? I certainly have. Not that Pat and his team seem to need any help at the moment but I am sure that he would appreciate the sentiment.


Off the pitch, the young men of the Bristol Rugby Academy have been through the process of consideration for this seasonís Annual Trust Bursary. And the winners are Martel Payn and Owen Summerhayes.


Martel is a student at West Somerset College and is a member of Minehead Barbarians. He was identified through his hard work, positive attitude and ability at the Academy satellite development centre at West Somerset College, and now attends the Player Development Group at Bridgwater College twice a week. Martel is a county athlete and played for the Academy Under 15s last season, impressing with his hard running, pace and evasive skills. A raw talent who plays wing or full-back, he will feature strongly in Under 16 county and academy rugby this season.


Owen is a product of Ashton Park School and Broad Plain school - one of a number of strong under 15s to come from those two establishments. Owen is a speedy and elusive full back or wing, with the ability and flexibility to play any position along the back-line. Owen attended the Academy Development Centre at The Bridge Learning Campus, and now trains with the Player Development Group twice a week at Clifton RFC. Owen has shown exceptionally well in Academy sessions, and with bags of potential will feature strongly this season in both Bristol Schools games and the Academy.


I will have the pleasure of presenting cheques for £500 to both young men at half time of a game in January at Ashton Gate. I hope you will join me in congratulating them and we look forward to hearing about their progress over the coming season.


I will also had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £3,000 to the Academy at the Pirates game to help them to continue to develop the fantastic conveyor belt of Bristol talent. Academy coaches Mark Irish and Sean Marsden, who play such a vital role in generating the next generation of 1st team players, accepted the cheque on behalf of the Academy.


On 7th December, ex-Bristol Captain, Mark Sorenson gave a brilliant talk about his rugby career and life afterwards. As well as learning Maori pronunciation, Mark described how having a grandmother from Bedminster made Bristol an obvious choice to play at! Thank you Mark.


We would also like to thank the good people of Thatchers cider and Butcombe beer for their support as they have provided some excellent raffle prizes for all of our talks.


Címon BRIS, Happy Christmas!


Andrew Humphreys Ė Chairman