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Roy Winters Announces Retirement

Published on 06th April 2013 by Tom Tainton

Lock to finish career at the end of the campaign


Roy Winters will call time on a hugely successful professional career at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

One of the most popular players ever to grace the blue and white hoops, the 37 year-old has made 188 competitive appearances for Bristol – the second highest in the Club’s history.

Winters retires having been capped at England A, as well as earning two full international caps on the 2007 summer tour to South Africa.

“Roy will go down as one of the all-time greats at the Memorial Stadium,” said Chairman Chris Booy. “He can be immensely proud of what he has achieved at Bristol.

“Roy’s contribution– on and off the field – is immeasurable. He’s been one of the first names on the team sheet season after season, and he’s been a superb ambassador for the Club.

“Roy embodies every value that Bristol Rugby hold and, on behalf of everybody at the Club, I’d like to thank him for his efforts.”

A hugely committed lock forward, Winters – a former captain of Bristol Rugby - made his first team debut against Coventry in 2005.

He added: “It’s been an incredible honour to represent Bristol and play at the Memorial Stadium in front of our loyal supporters.

“I’ve made friends for life playing rugby and I’ve had some fantastic highs with Bristol Rugby. It’s been a privilege and I’m grateful to the support from staff, players, coaches and supporters over the years.

“I want to go out on a high, and I’m fully committed to giving my utmost to Bristol between now and the end of the season.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Bedford Blues and Harlequins – my two previous clubs - as well as my family and friends for their support throughout my career.”