Varndell agrees to Bristol switch

Date published: January 7 2015

Tom Varndell will leave Wasps to join Bristol at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal with the Championship side.

The former England winger has spent six years with Wasps, having previously played for Leicester.

He has 81 Premiership tries to his name, second only to Mark Cueto in the all-time try-scoring charts.

It is a sign of Bristol’s ambition, with Gavin Henson among others to have been linked to the second tier side.

“We’re delighted to be able to attract Tom’s services for next season,” said director of rugby Andy Robinson.

“He’s a proven try-scorer who knows the Aviva Premiership inside out.

“Tom is one of the quickest players in world rugby and will suit the style of rugby that we are developing.

“His work-rate and attitude made him a firm favourite at Wasps and I’m sure Bristol supporters will look forward to seeing him in the blue and white hoops.”

Bristol currently sit top of the Championship and announced the signing of Italy international Tommaso Benvenuti earlier this week.

Their promotion to the Premiership will come down to a play-off at the end of this season, with Worcester currently looking like their closest challengers.

“I’m an ambitious person and I believe that Bristol Rugby – with the resources and vision that the club has – matches my ambition,” said Varndell.

“I’m excited about coming back to the city having studied at Colston’s. Bristol is a proud rugby city with a loyal fan-base. It will be a great time to join at the end of the season and I will look forward to the next chapter of my career.

“I have had a fantastic time at Wasps and I thank the coaches, my team-mates and the supporters for making me so welcome for the past six years.”