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Bristol Swoop For Peter Buxton

Published on 12th February 2013 by Tom Tainton

Experienced back-rower signs for the Club


Bristol Rugby have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Peter Buxton from Gloucester ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

The arrival of the hugely experienced flanker – who is equally adept in the second row - signals the Club’s intentions to move forward on and off the field.

A former captain of the Cherry and Whites, Buxton made 269 appearances in eleven years in the top flight, scoring eight tries.

Included on the replacements bench for England against the Barbarians in 2004, Buxton was picked for the summer tour to South Africa three years later but missed out after suffering a hand injury in the Aviva Premiership Final.

“I’ve always been an admirer of the way Peter plays the game, he personifies work ethic and toughness, an unrelenting warrior,” said Head Coach Liam Middleton.

“Having known him for some time, when the opportunity arose to bring Peter to the Club, I had no hesitation in sharing with him what we are driving towards at Bristol.

“He is the type of character who leads by example and has a big influence on people around him."

A terrace favourite at Kingsholm, Buxton joined Gloucester in 2002 from Newport and has made nine appearances so far during the 2012/13 season.

He added: “I’ve had a fantastic time at Gloucester, and I’d like to thank the staff and their supporters. 

“This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I know, having played against Bristol many times, what a passionate Club I’ll be joining.

“Liam [Middleton] has developed an ambitious environment here – it’s an attractive prospect to join a Club with such big ambitions.”