- Former Scotland and England head coach joins Bristol Rugby
- Huge boost for RFU Championship side, who sit fourth in the table
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Former Scotland and England head coach Andy Robinson has joined Bristol Rugby as the club's Director of Rugby.
The hugely experienced 48-year-old – who joins the club on March 1 – fills a new role in the club’s management and coaching structure, with Liam Middleton remaining as Head Coach.
With strong roots in the West Country, Robinson’s appointment aligns the set-up of Bristol Rugby with that of the leading clubs in the country.
A member of England’s World Cup winning coaching staff in 2003, Robinson was Assistant Coach on two British Lions tours in 2001 and 2005.
The former England international was appointed as England Head Coach in 2004, and took over as Scotland Head Coach in 2009.
"This is a hugely significant appointment for Bristol Rugby and a clear indication of the burning ambition of this club," said Chairman, Chris Booy.
"Andy is a long-term appointment. He has proven experience at international and domestic level, and the necessary acumen to drive Bristol Rugby forward and establish ourselves as a top-four Aviva Premiership side in the future."
"Potential to be one of the most successful sides in England"
Robinson has an enviable record at domestic level, achieving Heineken Cup success with Bath in 1998, before guiding Edinburgh to the highest ever finish by a Scottish side in the Magners League ten years later.
Speaking about his appointment, Robinson said: "I’m delighted to be joining Bristol Rugby at such an exciting time for the club. I firmly believe that with the passion for rugby in the region and the vision of the owners, Bristol has the potential to be one of the most successful sides in England.
"I’m looking forward to building a squad with a blend of experience and young, home-grown talent, to play an exciting and winning brand of rugby. Our immediate objective is to achieve promotion back to the Aviva Premiership as soon as possible."