Five commit to Bristol
Five key members of Bristol Rugby have signed new deals to remain at the Memorial Stadium for the 2012/13 season.
Last Updated: 22/02/12 12:09pm
Five key members of the Bristol squad have signed new deals to remain at the Memorial Stadium for next season.
Currently top of the RFU Championship, Bristol look set to continue their fine form with new deals from James Merriman, Roy Winters, Jon Goodridge, Marco Mama and Ruki Tipuna.
"I'm delighted that the five will stay with Bristol Rugby," said head coach Liam Middleton.
"They've all contributed to our environment on and off the field and are integral squad members. They will continue to play a big part for the club next season."
Merriman, one of the most influential players in the RFU Championship, has made 78 appearances for Bristol since August 2009 and scored 24 tries - including five this season.
Winters is one of the longest-serving players at the club and has made 188 first team appearances since his move in 2005.
Academy flanker Mama has stood out this season with impressive performances in the back row and Goodridge has cemented his place in the Bristol backline since joining in the summer.
Scrum-half Tipuna joined Bristol in November and has proved a welcome addition to the squad, captaining the side twice and scoring once.