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Twenty-One Players To Depart Bristol Rugby

Published on 06th June 2014 by Tom Tainton

Club announce retained list for 2014/15

As well as long serving duo Iain Grieve and Redford Pennycook, nineteen further players will be leaving Bristol Rugby at the end of the campaign.

The following players will be departing:


Bryan Rennie will be parting company with Bristol Rugby after two seasons at the Memorial Stadium

The centre – who suffered a serious injury in November 2012 – made a total of ten first team appearances, scoring three tries.


Ruki Tipuna leaves Bristol Rugby after three seasons with the Club.

The Kiwi scrum half - who was named in the 2013/14 Championship Dream Team - made sixty-eight appearances for Bristol, scoring ten tries.


George Watkins departs Bristol Rugby having graduated through the Academy in 2009.

The long-serving winger - the club's record try-scorer in league games - made a total of one-hundred appearances, scoring 58 tries.


Samoan international Fautua Otto leaves Bristol Rugby after three seasons with the Club.

The centre – who has been hampered by an injury hit season - made twenty-nine appearances, scoring thirteen tries.


Talented fly half Tristan Roberts departs Bristol Rugby after three seasons at the Memorial Stadium.

Former Head Coach Liam Middleton’s first signing of his tenure, Roberts made fifty-eight appearances for the Club, notching 388 points.

In 2013, Roberts equaled the record for the number of points in a cup fixture, when he notched twenty-one points versus Cardiff in the B&I Cup.


The 2013/14 Club Captain, James Grindal, leaves Bristol Rugby at two seasons with the Club.

The scrum half made thirty-eight first team appearances scoring one try. In a distinguished professional career, Grindal won four Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups and a Powergen Cup.


After three seasons with the Bristol Rugby Academy, Will Davis is set to leave the Club at the end of the campaign. The homegrown prop made ten first team appearances at the Memorial Stadium.

A product of the Combination, Davis made his debut versus Cornish Pirates in the B&I Cup at Mennaye Field.


Sammy Speight spent a season at Bristol Rugby, having signed professional terms in the summer of 2013.

The Fijian international has represented the British Army in Sevens and the fifteen-a-side format of the game, as well as playing for his country versus the Barbarians at Twickenham last December.


Ollie Hayes leaves Bristol Rugby after a second spell with the Club. The hooker – who has made a total of fifty-five first team appearances, scoring three times – rejoined in the summer of 2013 from Worcester Warriors.

The Bath Academy graduate made his debut for Bristol versus Bath in the top flight in 2008, before leaving the Memorial Stadium for the first time in 2011.


Callum Braley leaves Bristol Rugby after two years with the Academy. The England U20s captain – who joined from Hartpury in the summer of 2012 – made a total of twenty-two appearances for the Club, touching down for four tries.


One of the most popular players ever to pull on the jersey, Argentinian international Mariano Sambucetti announces his retirement from professional rugby after 154 appearances for the Club.

‘Sambu’ is the highest scoring lock in league history with eight tries to his name since a debut in 2005.


James Merriman sadly retires through injury after 102 appearances for Bristol Rugby.

Since joining in 2009, the flanker – who was named in the Championship Dream XV for two successive seasons – is the Club’s highest scoring forward in league history, touching down twenty-seven times.


Adam Hughes leaves Bristol Rugby, having joined the Club from Newport Gwent Dragons in February.

The centre made ten appearances, scoring four tries – including scores in both home legs of the Greene King IPA Championship semi-final and final.


Stuart McInally joined Bristol Rugby on a loan agreement from Edinburgh in January. The hooker – who captained his country at U17, U18, U19 and U20 level made five appearances and now returns to his parent Club.


Steve Uren departs after two seasons in the Bristol Rugby Academy. The homegrown flanker made four first team appearances, scoring one try.

In 2011, Uren became the youngest player to represent Bristol Rugby in the league when he was a late replacement in the 48-13 victory over Moseley, although Lucas Slowik has since beaten that record.

A product of SGS Filton College, Uren scooped the 2011/12 BRIS Trust Junior Player Of The Year.


Scottish international Bruce Douglas leaves Bristol Rugby after two seasons with the Club, having joined from Worcester Warriors in 2012.

The experienced prop made twenty-nine appearances at the Memorial Stadium. Douglas joined Newport Gwent Dragons on loan for the remainder of the current campaign in February 2014.


Errie Claassens leaves Bristol Rugby, via mutual agreement, having been sidelined for the entire Greene King IPA Championship season. The utility back – who joined from Worcester Warriors in 2013 - did not make an appearance for the Club following a serious knee injury.


Adam D’Arcy joined Bristol Rugby at the beginning of the campaign. The Australian full back made ten appearances during the campaign, scoring twice.


George Watkins
Adam Hughes
Tristan Roberts
Redford Pennycook
Callum Braley
James Grindal
Mariano Sambucetti (retired)
James Merriman (retired)
Bryan Rennie
Fautua Otto
Will Davis
Sammy Speight
Ollie Hayes
Steve Uren
Bruce Douglas
Adam D’Arcy
Stuart McInally (returns to parent club)
Ruki Tipuna
Iain Grieve
Rupert Freestone
Errie Claassens


Charlie Amesbury
Luke Baldwin
Nick Carpenter
Gaston Cortes
Mitch Eadie
Ryan Edwards
Luke Eves
Ellis Genge
Ben Glynn
James Hall
Jason Hobson
Jack Hughes
Adrian Jarvis
Ross Johnston
Joe Joyce
Rhys Lawrence
Mark Lilley
Marco Mama
Ben Mosses
Nicky Robinson
Andy Short
Ben Skirving
Auguy Slowik
Mark Sorenson
Jack Tovey
Glen Townson
Kyle Traynor
Jack Wallace


David Lemi (Worcester Warriors)
Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks)
Anthony Perenise (Bath Rugby)
Jack O’Connell (Leinster)
Darren Hudson (Leinster)
Max Crumpton (Harlequins)
Chris Brooker (Worcester Warriors)
Jack Lam (Hurricanes)
Ross Rennie (Edinburgh)
Nick Koster (Bath)
Ryan Jones (Ospreys)
Matthew Morgan (Ospreys)
Craig Hampson (Leeds Carnegie)
Olly Robinson (Moseley)
Mark Cooke (UWIC)
Callum Sheedy (Millfield)
Lucas Slowik (SGS Filton)

Bristol Rugby wishes all our departing players the best of luck for the future and thanks them for their contribution.