‘Bristol will need to improve’- Robinson

Date published: May 26 2016

Premiership rugby is coming to Ashton Gate next season after Bristol secured their promotion courtesy of an aggregate victory over Doncaster on Wednesday night and Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson is excited at the prospect of taking on the best which England has to offer.

Robinson told Sky Sports that he was delighted to be taking his team into the Premiership next season and pointed out that there is still lots for the team to work on.

"I'm pleased that we're there but disappointed we lost the game – there's a lot of hard work for us to do now,” said Robinson.

Robinson further highlighted the efforts of fly-half Callum Sheedy and praised the whole squad for their contribution in getting them over the line.

“To think what Sheedy has done for this team – he kicked winning kick in first start against Moseley – but this is a squad effort and we got over the line, and that's important for us,” said Robinson.

Robinson concluded by upping the ante for next season and stating that Premiership rugby will be introduced to a new culture and atmosphere when Bristol get their chance to host games in 2017.

“I think the Premiership will enjoy coming here to play, and also the atmospheres we've got."

Bristol will be relieved to finally be back in the top flight of English rugby after falling at the last hurdle in three previous playoff finals against Exeter, London Welsh and Worcester. 

Andy Robinson and company went into the second leg defending a fifteen point lead after recording a victory away from home in the first leg and it was enough to give them Premiership status for the first time since 2009 after a 34-32 loss in the second leg.