Bristol announce appointment of Andy Robinson as director of rugby

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Former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson becomes Bristol's new director of rugby, the club confirms.

Bristol have confirmed the appointment of ex-Scotland and England coach Andy Robinson as the club's new director of rugby.

The 48-year-old, who was part of England's coaching staff when they won the World Cup in 2003, was expected to be handed the role following weeks of discussions with the club.

Robinson told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to be joining Bristol Rugby at such an exciting time for the club. I firmly believe that, with the passion for rugby in the region and the vision of the owners, Bristol has the potential to be one of the most successful sides in England.

"I'm looking forward to building a squad with a blend of experience and young home-grown talent, to play an exciting and winning brand of rugby. Our immediate objective is to achieve promotion back to the Aviva Premiership as soon as possible."

Chairman Chris Booy added: "Andy is a long-term appointment. He has proven experience at international and domestic level, and the necessary acumen to drive Bristol Rugby forward and establish ourselves as a top four Aviva Premiership side in the future."

Robinson stepped down as boss from Scotland in November following their dismal Autumn internationals, which resuled in defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.

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