In its rich history, Bristol has nurtured some of the great stars of the past and present.
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Date of Birth: 10/6/1957
Honours: England Schools U19, England Students, British Universities, England U-23, Gloucestershire
Career: 1975-1990 466 games
Scored: 12 tries = 36 pts
Peter Polledri was one of the most creative and under-rated of all Bristol players. One third of the back row that won the cup in 1983, he was close to playing rugby for Italy.
Born in Bristol of Italian parents, Polledri began playing rugby aged 8 at St Brendan's, where he later played for the college as a scrum half. He was coached and guided by the influential Elwyn Price, and was a good cricketer.
He moved into the back row and was capped by England Schools Under 19's. Polledri played for Bristol Colts and after serving his apprenticeship was promoted to the Bristol side. He made his debut against Saracens in October 1975.
As a youngster he was an admirer of Dave Rollitt, and the Yorkshireman was still a Bristol player when Polledri joined the first XV squad. Rollitt had a considerable influence on his career.
Polledri was a great footballer. The ball-handling skills he had used successfully as a teenage scrum half gave him an added dimension.
Small, but compact and very strong, he fitted in perfectly with Mike Rafter and Bob Hesford during the 1980s. Equally at home foraging on the floor or supporting a three-quarter move, Polledri was remarkably fit.
His versatility was perfectly illustrated when he deputised for the injured Richard Harding against West Hartlepool on the way to the 1983 cup final. Polledri's contribution was significant and helped secure a narrow but famous victory.
Polledri played for Gloucestershire, making his debut for the county in the 62-10 victory over Japan in 1976. He represented England Students, and British Universities when at UWIST in Cardiff. He played regularly for England U-23s and later captained them. However England wanted taller back row forwards and although Rafter had broken into the national side, Polledri was not required.
However whilst on tour in the mid eighties, Polledri played for an Italian selection. He was encouraged to move to Italy and play there for a season with great prospects of selection for Italy. Sorely tempted, Polledri turned down the opportunity as he had just opened a business in Bristol and felt that it had to take priority.
Polledri succeeded Rafter as Bristol captain and served for two seasons. He was Bristol United captain from 1988 to 1990 after which he left and joined Clifton. He later coached them and played into his early forties with Clifton Rats, the veterans team.
Peter Polledri is now the head coach at St Mary's Old Boys.