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Can Bristol bounce straight back?

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Bristol's relegation from the Premiership was confirmed after they lost 38-21 at London Irish on Saturday.

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Can they bounce straight back in a year's time?

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posted Apr 4, 2009

Yes we can. Good head coach with attractive style of rugby. Good youth fan policy: excellent season ticket prices. Mix of young and experienced players with genuine class staying on. Secure (apparently so!) financial structure.

spot on
if they played like they ahve since hull took over we maybe in the top half.
we challenged the tigers, quins, smashed worcester and to be fair when you compare the diffrence in talent between bristol and LI, theer is a diffrence to be fair
CMON BRIS!

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posted Apr 4, 2009

There does seem a new spirit in the club. Two months ago I would have said Bristol had little chance of bouncing straight back.

With the change in outlook and the fact that several important players have already re-signed for next season I am more confident but it will not be easy, even with the benefit of a parachute payment which might anyway already have been earmarked for other things, given the club's less than healthy financial situation.

For a city of its size, economic success and rugby tradition it is a surprising fact that Bristol has never got to grips with professionalism. Unlike some clubs it never had the benefit of a 'sugar daddy' and those who did put money in didn't leave it there overlong. I'm not criticising these people - it's their money - but some other clubs were more fortunate in this respect.

If Bristol get back up they they will have to address the commercial aspect - that won't be easy either.

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comment by mrwez1 (U13902572)

posted Apr 5, 2009

being a worcester supporter , i feel very sorry for bristol because what mike ruddock is and has done at sixways in baffeling to say the least and i do feel that worcester have been very very lucky to escape the drop and on the performances of both bristol and worcester of late bris deserved to stay up ..... good luck bristol

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posted Apr 5, 2009

I hope so. Bristol is a rugby town with a great set of supporters and tradition. As a Saints fan I'd say enjoy National 1 or whatever it is called. It's good to have a change of clubs to visit from the Prem and Saints fans had great receptions everywhere they went last season.Hope to see you at Franklins gardens again soon, IN THE PREMIERSHIP! I would have much preferred if Bath were going down.Their hopeless expensively priced ground would not qualify them for a return.

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comment by J5 (U2093664)

posted Apr 6, 2009

Defo!
After the Newcastle defeat i was expecting more of an extended say inthe Championship but Paul Hull seems to have brought prode back to the players and a more expansive game, with the backs given license to try their luck.
The signings are good (Adams and Eves in the centre especially) so am fairly confident that Bris' can come straight back up.
Would still be nice to get our own ground though where we are more in charge of our commercial strategy rather than the ground share....

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posted Apr 6, 2009

I believe that Bristol will bounce back at the 1st attempt. They should have the best support of all the other teams in their league.
This will be the new, fresh start the club needs. Come on BRIS!

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posted Apr 7, 2009

I sincerely hope not. Despite being a tigers fan, my dad's family are Bristol born and bread - same last name as teh valley the city is in. I am waiting on a Euro Milllions Lottery win and would hope that when I do Bristol are still in Division 1 so I can buy them cheaply and retrun them to their former glory. Heartland of English rugby, decent numbers of potential suppoorters around, could build a proper 30K seater stadium and have the good people of Bristol come and watch a top team made up soley of 6N players - none of that SH tosh thanks.
Seriously, yes they can come up again, but I think it willl be harder for Bristol than it was for the Saints. Likely will struggle more than Leeds too because both of those clubs have more young players chomping at the bit who could benefit from a year in Div 1 learning the trade that has made the Saints such a different side from the year they were relegated. Allowed Saints to cut the fat from the team and "find themselves". The problem for Bristol is that they have never really gotten the swollen egos and big name retirees on the payroll, so there does not seem to me to big a big benefit in a clearout that the Saints have benefitted from, nor as I have said earlier the likelihood of young lads getting a chance to shine. Thats said, bouncing back is my expectation and best of luck to all the Brsitol faithful.

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posted Apr 18, 2009

We've got a good team, good support and we will return triumphant next season, just watch :)

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posted Apr 27, 2009

Like Arnie said....'I'll be back'

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