Crane leaves Leicester for Bristol

Date published: May 10 2016

RFU Championship side Bristol have announced the signing of Leicester Tigers back-rower Jordan Crane on a three-year deal.

The Bromsgrove-born loose forward is set to join the Ashton Gate outfit ahead of next season following ten years at Welford Road

With three England caps to his name, Crane has four Premiership winners medals and over 150 appearances in the top flight.

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson expressed his delight with his latest signing.

“Jordan is an excellent acquisition for Bristol Rugby and a natural leader,” Robinson told the official Bristol Rugby website.

“At 29 years old, he’s at the peak of his career and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Ashton Gate.”

“Jordan knows what is required to be successful at the highest level. He’s a physical ball carrier with a good understanding of the game. His arrival will compliment our young, talented back row.”

A product of Colston’s School, Crane captained England at U18s, U19s, U21s and Saxons level.

Crane, who is renowned for his physical prowess, is looking forward to the new challenge.

“The opportunity to join Bristol Rugby and be part of the exciting vision going forward was one I couldn’t turn down,” Crane said.

“The stadium is fantastic and the ambition and resources are there for the Club to be really successful.

“I’ve had an incredible ten years at Leicester and those experiences have shaped my career. I’d like to thank everybody at Tigers for their support.”