Shaun Perry signs to stay on with Bristol

England scrum half Shaun Perry has given Bristol Rugby the perfect boost for the rest of the season by signing a new three year contract.

Shaun is in his third season with the club having joined Bristol from National League Division One side Coventry in the summer of 2005.

Since that point his game has gone from strength to strength. He quickly established himself as first choice scrum half at Bristol and forced his way into the England Saxons set up before only missing out on a full England tour because of an ill timed wrist injury.

However, he bounced back in style and won his first England cap against New Zealand at Twickenham marking the occasion with a try.

He was part of the 2007 Six Nations squad and toured South Africa with England in the summer winning two caps as a replacement. Shaun was also a member of the England Rugby World Cup 2007 squad and has now won 14 caps.

He has recently returned to first team action following an absence due to a fractured windpipe and has immediately made his presence felt in scoring two tries at Leeds Carnegie last weekend and shining at Newcastle Falcons yesterday.

Bristol Rugby Head Coach Richard Hill feels that signing Perry to an extended contract sends out a positive message.

“Shaun has quickly become a hugely important player to this club. He’s only played in the Guinness Premiership for three seasons now but has established himself as one of the top players in his position and has developed into a real leader for us.”

“As Bristol Rugby looks to move forward, Shaun is one of the players around whom we wish to build the club and I’m delighted he has committed himself to the cause.”

Shaun himself is delighted to secure his future:”I’m really happy to have put pen to paper. Bristol have been good to me over the past few seasons and I feel that working with Richard Hill has helped me take my game to a new level.”

“Bristol’s my home now and Bristol Rugby is my club and I want to play my part in taking us forward.”   

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