Bristol Rugby sign former England flanker

Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of former England flanker Tom Varndell on a two year deal from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Wasps RUFC ahead of the new season.

The 29 year old spent six years at the Premiership giants and was one of their star players as they went from mediocrity following success in the early 2000s to stabilising again when Dai Young took over as the new head coach.

Varndell has also played for the Leicester Tigers and he has scored 81 tries in 166 appearances in the Aviva Premiership for the two clubs.

He joined the Wasps RUFC in 2009 and during his stint with the club, has scored 70 tries in just 125 games for the club in what is a very decent record for a wing player.

Varndell also has three tries for the England team, the last of which came in 2008.

Varndell will link up with his new side ahead of the new season following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup and Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby at Bristol Rugby, has hailed the signing of the speedy back as a huge transfer coup.

He said that the club is delighted to have been able to sign for the new season, adding that he has proven his mettle as a try scorer in the Premiership and he thinks he will thrive for his new club.

Robinson went on to add that he is one of the quickest players in world rugby at this time and the style that they are developing at Bristol Rugby will suit him perfectly.

Speaking about his move, Varndell said that he is an ambitious man and he thinks the new vision of Bristol Rugby will be worth the risk.