Solomons Arrives As Coaching Consultant For Remainder Of Season

first_imgThe South African joins Mark Tainton’s coaching set-up for the remainder of the Aviva Premiership campaign.In a twenty-year career, Solomons has worked at international level with South Africa and the Barbarians, while also coaching Northampton Saints, Ulster, the Southern Kings and, most recently, Edinburgh.“Alan is a hugely experienced operator who understands the game and has worked at the highest level for a number of years,” Head Coach Mark Tainton told bristolrugby.co.uk.“With seven games remaining, it’s vital that Bristol rediscover our form over the Christmas period and Alan’s arrival as a consultant should give everyone a boost. We believe he can add value to what we are trying to do on the training field.”The 66 year-old left Murrayfield at the beginning of the campaign having led Edinburgh to their first ever European Rugby final in 2015.He said: “I’m delighted to be able to link up with Bristol Rugby for the next three months and assist Mark [Tainton] and the management group.”last_img read more

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Join Us This Weekend, Support Restart Rugby And Help #Lifttheweight

first_imgTogether were aiming to raise £10,000 to help players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship.We’re also raising awareness for the #LiftTheWeight campaign which addresses mental health issues amongst players. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. Rugby players are no exception. Restart Rugby supports players and their families during their most difficult times through a 24/7 counselling service.“It’s great to know that Restart Rugby is there for players should the worst happen. Please show your support this weekend and help #LiftTheWeight.” Kyle Traynor, RPA Player Representative for Bristol Rugby.How you can help #LiftTheWeightVisit the Restart Rugby Weekend online auction to…Bid on fantastic signed club and England memorabiliaGet your limited edition Restart Rugby #LiftTheWeight t-shirt, as worn by clubs during warm ups this weekend – wear yours and tweet your photo @RestartRugby #LiftTheWeightText LIFT17 £5to 70070 to donate £5.All funds raised will help support players when they need us most. Thank you.last_img read more

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Trust to deliver FA Level 1 coaching courses

first_imgDelivered at South Bristol Sports Centre, both courses are suitable for males and females aged 18-plus who are looking to take the first step to become a qualified football coach. The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under-7 to open age. Those taking part will gain an insight into the game in England, how it’s played and how they can coach to better support the development of future players. The qualification is designed to prepare those studying to coach football within the grassroots game. The courses will be delivered in an interactive and enjoyable style, mixing sessions of theory and practical drills, and successful candidates will receive an FA Level 1 Coaching qualification and be able to deliver fun, safe and engaging coaching sessions. Participants will be introduced to basic game formats, key rules, and the England DNA coaching fundamentals and playing principles through completion of four mandatory components; How We Coach, How We Play, The Future Player and How We Support.Although the courses will predominantly be delivered at South Bristol Sports Centre throughout the evenings and the occasional weekend, Ashton Gate will play host to two sessions.The Trust’s FA Level 1 programmes are available to participants for just £150.The coaching courses always prove popular, so for more information and to register online, click here.last_img read more

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Johnson’s challenge to his cup stars

first_imgSpeaking on BCTV, the head coach admitted he had witnessed excitement in the players’ faces in the build-up to the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg tie against Manchester City (7.45pm kick-off).Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, City must overturn that scoreline to oust the current Premier League leaders and reach Wembley in February.City have only ever featured in one major cup final, the 1909 FA Cup showpiece, and have twice been beaten in the League Cup semi-finals.“This is where heroes are made,” Johnson told BCTV. “We’ve already seen Korey Smith and Joe Bryan etch their names into history. However, we haven’t come this far to only come this far.“The players are excited…I can always tell.“It’s another big game and we’ve had so many of them. The fans are getting good value and the players are putting in good performances to a worldwide media.“The players are tactically ready and it’s good that we were able to play on Friday and give the players an extra day to rest and prepare. Little things like that matter at the level and intensity that we play at.“It’s going to be a big night; a great game and we’re all looking forward to it.”last_img read more

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Beamback for Swansea clash

first_imgLee Johnson’s side will be backed by a sold out away end at the Liberty Stadium, with 1,979 tickets snapped up by season card holders and members.The club has received approval to hold a beamback in Ashton Gate’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria for the game, which kicks-off at 3pm.Doors will open at 1pm and entry is free for supporters, while the Pizzeria will be serving food. Supporters are able to reserve a table, however, there will be a minimum spend required of £10 per adult on food and £7.50 for concessions. Tables will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a table, email sportsbarpizzeria@ashtongate.co.uk.It’s the club’s first beamback of the 2018/19 campaign.last_img read more

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Saracens press in brief: five things we learned

first_img Improvement The head coach said the potential of his playing squad excites him and has challenged his players to continue to improve every day. “The team at the moment are far better than when I first arrived here last year and what excites me is that this time next year, we’ll be a different team as well, as we continue to grow each day,” said Lam. Intensity After the elation of Friday night, attention has quickly turned to Saracens, with Pat Lam hailing the intensity of this week’s preparations.“Friday was a great night for our supporters and we got the four points. But on Monday morning we were straight back in, fully focused on Saracens – and we have to be, because you just have to look at Saracens and what they’ve achieved.”They’re defending champions and if you think you can just roll into that and things are just going to happen, you’re kidding yourself. So, it’s been pretty intense so far this week. Work rate Lam highlighted the off-the-ball work-rate of try-scoring hero, Alapati Leiua in the build-up to his 73rd-minute try during the victory over Bath.“I saw many examples (of good work-rate) and a quality example is Alapati Leiua scoring his try. I highlighted this week that it wasn’t the fact that he scored it, Luke (Morahan) did a lot of work, but if you go back and look, he started out on the left wing, but he worked really hard to get in position right around the outside.”If Luke had broken and Alapati had stayed on his left wing, we wouldn’t have that try and probably wouldn’t have the victory.“That was one of many examples right through the team of the boys working hard.” Defensive duties Bristol Bears’ defensive resilience was a highlight of Friday night, and Luke Morahan says they’ll need to be at their best again on Saturday.”As a group, we define our culture by how we defend, and it was a good start on the weekend, but it will be another step up this week against Saracens,” said Morahan.”So, for us, the mantra that ‘defence wins championships’ is very important to us, and that’s what we aim to do, have a defence that can try and win a championship.”It’s going to be another big effort for us, and to back up a good win would be a major turning point for us this season.” Challenge Pat Lam has spoken numerous times about the relentless nature of the Gallagher Premiership, and this week’s clash with Saracens is a prime example of the challenges Bristol Bears will face this season.“Yes, we beat Bath in the first game, but now we go away from home and it’s a completely different challenge and a tougher challenge. We’re away from home and we’re playing the number one team in the country,” said Lam.“Saracens have been the benchmark in the competition for the last few years. Both as a team and personally, you try and beat the best and that’s what we’ve got this week, the opportunity to do that,” added Morahan.last_img read more

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Report: Harlequins 36-26 Bristol Bears

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Trio of changes for Blues clash

first_imgHe is one of three changes for Lee Johnson’s side, with Eros Pisano and Kasey Palmer returning to the starting XI.Club captain Bailey Wright moves to the bench, meaning Marlon Pack takes the skipper’s armband, while Palmer steps in ahead of Jamie Paterson who also makes the bench.Frank Fielding misses out from the squad after being diagnosed with a chip fracture of his thumb.City: Mäenpää, Pisano, Webster, Kalas, Dasilva, Pack, Brownhill, Weimann, Palmer, O’Dowda, Diédhiou. Subs: O’Leary, Wright, Kelly, Paterson, Taylor, Eliasson, Hunt.Birmingham City: Camp, Pederson, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney, Adams, Jutkiewicz, Dean, Mrbati, G Gardner, Morrison. Subs: Trueman, C Gardner, Vassell, Maghoma, Jota, Davis, Harding.Match sponsor: British Armylast_img read more

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La Rochelle ticket update

first_imgAs you may have seen on our website, the tickets sent from La Rochelle have not arrived with us here in Bristol so we’re unable to post these tickets to you as originally planned.You will therefore now need to collect your tickets directly from La Rochelle and we have worked with them to get a dedicated collection point for Bristol Bears fans at the stadium on Sunday.Below is a plan of La Rochelle’s stadium, you will be able to collect your tickets from the Siege Social entrance, letter B.This collection point will be open from 10:45am on matchday.All you will need to collect your tickets is to quote the name that the tickets were booked under and they will be there for collection for you.Although this is out of the club’s control, we would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused due to the tickets not being delivered. As we have been unable to fulfil the delivery element of your booking we will be refunding the £1 postage charged you have paid which will automatically go back onto the card that was originally used to make the booking.Once again, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you out in La Rochelle.last_img read more

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Holden secures Saddlers loan

first_imgThe Northern Ireland Under-21 international – who put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Ashton Gate this summer – will link up with fellow City loanee Cameron Pring at the Banks’s Stadium.Holden arrived in BS3 from Derry City in 2017 after a successful trial and gained valuable experience throughout the 2018/19 campaign, spending time on loan at Vanarama National League side Barrow AFC and League One’s Rochdale, respectively.last_img

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