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Freestone Signs For Bristol Rugby

Published on 23rd July 2013 by Tom Tainton

Hooker joins Club after successful trial

Bristol Rugby have confirmed the signing of former England youth international Rupert Freestone on a six-month deal.

The hooker – who has been on a trial period with the Club – previously represented Plymouth Albion in the GKIPA Championship.

Freestone graduated through the Northampton Saints Academy before signing professional terms at Brickfields.

But the 22 year old suffered a broken collar-bone during a cycling accident in 2012 – an injury so severe it could have cost him his life, and almost cost him his playing career.

The injury resulted in Plymouth withdrawing the contract offer and Freestone turned his hand to personal training, before seizing his opportunity at Bristol Rugby.

“The fact that Rupert has come back strongly from such a significant setback is a testament to his drive and determination to play professional rugby,” said Director of Rugby Andy Robinson.

“Rupert has got plenty of potential and he has the physical attributes to play in the GKIPA Championship. We gave him a chance with a trial, and he’s impressed the coaching staff and fitted in well.”

Freestone added: “It’s great to be back in the professional environment – I didn’t give up hope that I’d be able to continue playing rugby.

“There’s a huge amount of talent at Bristol Rugby and I’m looking to learn as much as I can from the players around me.”