Bristol have signed Newcastle lock forward Glen Townson on loan until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old, who came through the Sale Sharks' academy, joined the Falcons in May 2010 from Doncaster and played 15 games last season.
He has made eight appearances for the Premiership outfit this term.
"Glen is an imposing, physical player who knows what the Championship is all about," head coach Liam Middleton told the club website.
"He has experience at Premiership level and will give us another option in the second row."