Bristol academy boss Mike Hall eyes Bristol talent

Mike Hall
Hall spent five seasons at Worcester following a spell at Ospreys

Bristol's new academy manager Mike Hall says he wants local talent to propel the side back into the Premiership.

The former Ospreys man previously spent five years at Worcester, most recently as performance analyst.

Hall told BBC Radio Bristol: "Hopefully in the next few years there'll be nine, 10 or 11 players in that Bristol first team that come from the local area."

"I've seen it with Worcester and they are excellent young players - my challenge is to find that next batch."

Under Liam Middleton, who is now head coach at Bristol, the club has produced players like Ollie Hayes and Mako Vunipola who have both moved onto Premiership sides.

Next season Middleton will continue to rely on the likes of Jack Tovey and George Watkins in the backs and Darren Barry and Ben Glynn in the forwards.

"There's a whole list of players that have gone on from that academy structure into the first team," added Hall.

And although he does not expect to have much input into first team affairs, Hall said he was happy to pass on his knowledge from his time at Worcester.

"Obviously I've just been through the Championship so I'm sure I'll be offering Liam some advice on how to beat teams," he added.

"That was my role at Worcester really, the technical analysis side, so I'll be giving him some tips on strengths and weaknesses against specific opposition.

"In the rugby fraternity Bristol are a huge club and that's our job to get Bristol back to where they belong.

"I heard Sir Ian McGeechan saying recently that the Premiership should be ringfenced and the club he mentioned coming up alongside Worcester was Bristol."