Rob Hawkins: Bristol sign retired hooker as injury cover for Marc Jones

Rob Hawkins
Former Bath player Rob Hawkins began training with Bristol on Monday

Former Newcastle hooker Rob Hawkins has come out of retirement to join Bristol on a short-term deal.

The 33-year-old, who was most recently at Newcastle, quit rugby in May but has joined Andy Robinson's side to cover Marc Jones who has a knee injury.

Jones could be out for up to three months after sustaining the knock in a pre-season match.

Hawkins, a Premiership winner with Leicester in 2013, became a special constable with the police in November.