Bristol have signed Edd Shervington on a short-term deal after losing Ross McMillan to a long-term injury.
Welsh hooker Shervington has joined the club until the end of November, with McMillan having been ruled out for six months with a knee injury. Bristol are also without Marc Jones, while Max Crumpton missed last Thursday's 22-6 European Challenge Cup defeat at Bath through injury.
Shervington had announced his retirement at the end of last season, having spent two seasons with Wasps, and had planned to pursue a career in West End musicals, alongside running his own business in Wales.
But, much like Rob Hawkins, who joined Bristol out of retirement earlier this season, Shervington has answered the club's injury SOS and is putting his boots back on.
Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson said: "After the injury to Ross, we acted quickly to ensure we had cover in the hooker position.
"Edd was available and lives relatively locally, so it suits us as a short-term solution. With Anglo-Welsh Cup rugby and Aviva Premiership fixtures in November, it's important we have the numbers to compete.
"We expect Marc to be back before the end of November, he's working hard on his rehabilitation programme alongside the club's medical team."