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Joyce Puts Pen To Paper

Published on 02nd April 2014 by Tom Tainton

Lock signs two-year deal

Joe Joyce has committed his future to Bristol Rugby, signing a two-year deal with the Club.

“He now has an opportunity to continue his progress and challenge for a regular first team spot"

Mike Hall

The homegrown lock – a graduate of the Bristol Academy – has made five appearances in the B&I Cup so far during the campaign.

Joyce made his international debut in the 2014 RBS Six Nations, representing Ireland U20s.

“It’s great news that Joe has extended his contract. He’s exactly what the Academy is about: a local Bristolian lad – who has gone from watching the team on the terraces as a youngster – to representing his hometown on the pitch,” Academy Manager Mike Hall told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“Joe has made great strides in his development this year and his recognition at international level with Ireland U20s is testament to this.

“He now has an opportunity to continue his progress and challenge for a regular first team spot over the next two years.”

A product of the Bristol Combination, Joyce added: “It’s a massive honour every time I pull on a Bristol shirt, so it was an easy decision to commit to the Club that I grew up supporting.

“On a personal note, it’s been a really positive season for me – earning international honours and getting some first team games under my belt.

“I want to push on now and stake a claim for a regular starting spot. I’ll continue to work hard and focus on areas of my game that I need to improve.”