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Sorenson: I'm Positive About Future

Published on 14th February 2013 by Tom Tainton

Lock forward targets Premiership rugby with Bristol


Mark Sorenson insists he is relishing the challenge of helping Bristol achieve their dream of securing Aviva Premiership status.

The lock – who signed from Northampton Saints on Thursday – is excited about the prospect of pulling on the blue and white hoops at the Memorial Stadium next season.

“There were a number of things, on and off the field, that attracted me to Bristol,” the 33 year-old told

“I can see what Bristol are trying to do – their vision is clear – that’s to be an established Premiership side. The challenge on the field is to maintain the standards that are already set and try and lift them next season.

“Coming to meet Liam [Middleton] and understanding his ethics and the foundations he is laying here is very exciting. It’s the right way to go about things.

“I know a couple of the guys already - Ruki [Tipuna] from my time at Bay of Plenty and James [Grindal] from Newcastle. That always helps and they’ve spoke very highly of the Club.

“Bristol are still well in the race for promotion this season, but whatever the outcome and whatever challenges lie ahead, I’m very positive about the future.”

A formidable presence in the second row, Sorenson is prepared for the possibility of a tough introduction to RFU Championship rugby.

He added: “The RFU Championship is a tough competition, especially in my line of work in the forwards. It’s combative, brutal and that’s the challenge that I must meet the demands of week on week. I’m relishing that.

“Bristol is a vibrant city and I’m looking forward to coming to live here. My grandmother was born here and my brother lived here for eight years, so I already have a grounding and interest here.”