Bristol sign upcoming England captain

Bristol Rugby’s recruitment programme continues apace with the news that one of the club’s most promising young talents, England U20s captain Luke Eves, has signed a new two year contract.

Only a few short weeks ago, Bristol had yet to offer any contracts for next season but new Head Coach Paul Hull has been hard at work on this front since taking over and the Bristol Rugby squad for next season is now really taking shape.

Eves, still only 19 years of age, joined the Bristol Rugby Academy straight from school and has been a regular cap at the various England age group levels.

2008 saw him play in every game in England U20s Six Nations Grand Slam, went on to feature in the England U20 World Cup squad and played in the final against New Zealand. This spring, Luke has captained the U20 side on two occasions.

He made his full Bristol debut against Leicester at Welford Road in April 2008 and scored two tries at Saracens on the final day of last season.

2008-9 has seen him make a real breakthrough at first team level as he has made 12 starts and 8 replacement appearances in the various competitions scoring two tries.

Hull was a happy man as he revealed the news:

“It’s great news for Bristol Rugby that Luke has committed his future to the club. He’s always had the potential and this season he’s worked hard and really started to realise that potential.”

“His exposure at England U20 level has brought him to the attention of other clubs so I’m delighted that he’s on board for next season.”

Eves himself was glad to sort out his future.”

“Everyone knows how much Bristol means to me, I’ve been here since I was at school.”

“I feel that my game has come on leaps and bounds this season and I’ve enjoyed the involvement at first team level. The past few weeks have been a really exciting time, our game plan has changed, Hully has brought in a new vision and I really want to be part of it going forward.”

“I appreciate though that I still have work to do on my game and I think Bristol is the best place for me to do that.”

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