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Giltrow ready to seize Bristol Rugby opportunity

Bristolian Alex Giltrow is ready to take his chance in professional rugby after being handed a unique opportunity by Head Coach Pat Lam.

The tighthead prop – who has represented England Students and England Counties in the past twelve months – links up with the Bristol Rugby squad for pre-season as he bids to earn a full-time contract.

Voted Coach’s Player of the Season at Clifton Rugby following an impressive 2016/17 campaign, Giltrow also represented Bristol United in the Aviva A-League versus Bath United.

"We have an excellent combination and plenty of quality within our local area, so it’s vital we tap into that"

Head Coach Pat Lam

“Every pre-season, I’d like to give a player from a local club an opportunity to come in and prove themselves,” Pat Lam told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“It’s something that I would like to adopt here in Bristol as well. We have an excellent combination and plenty of quality within our local area, so it’s vital we tap into that and work hard to form strong bonds with the clubs in the combination.”

The 26 year-old, who studied at University West of England (UWE), is a product of the Bristol Combination, having also represented Nailsea & Backwell and Clevedon before joining Clifton Rugby.

He added: “I’m excited about the opportunity to come in and work alongside some very talented players and coaches. Everyone has been very welcoming so far and I’m learning a lot from the experience. It’s a great environment to be a part of and each day brings a new challenge."