Four highly-rated youngsters sign for Bristol

Bristol Rugby have added four highly-rated young players to their ranks as plans for next season continue.
Samoa international lock Chris Vui, 24, arrives from Worcester while 20 year-old full-back Mat Protheroe and 23 year-old back rower Dan Thomas will move from Gloucester.
Sam Bedlow, 21, joins from Sale Sharks, where the centre has made eight first team appearances since graduating through the Club’s Academy system.
“We’re delighted to beat off the interest of a number of other clubs to capture the signings of these gifted young players.
“Mat is a hugely exciting player with bags of natural talent. He’ll bring some flair and energy to our attacking game and – under the tutelage of Pat [Lam]’s attacking philosophy – we expect Mat to make a significant impact in a Bristol jersey.
“Chris comes with excellent pedigree and he’s another highly-rated young player – with international experience – to add to our ranks.
“Dan is a physical, openside flanker who has really impressed us every time he has played for Gloucester. He’s got Premiership experience and an excellent attitude to keep improving – it’s great to have him onboard and contributing to what we are we trying to achieve.
“Sam is a technically gifted centre who can distribute and read the game well. He’s coming to Bristol hungry to prove a point and establish a first team spot, so we’re creating healthy competition in every position on the field and a squad with real balance and energy.”

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