Rugby Football Union Championship side Bristol Rugby has completed the signing of record breaking Wales Rugby Team skipper Ryan Jones on a two year contract.
What is interesting is that the player could also feature in the playoffs for the RFU Championship as well.
The Welsh skipper led the country on a record breaking 33 occasions and has a total of 75 caps for the country as well as another three for the British and Irish Lions which he picked up back in 2005. He has signed for the English club from the Welsh region Ospreys.
According to a local media in England, although Bristol Rugby only recently announced his signing, they had already lodged a formal application to have him registered before the transfer deadline of February 28 meaning he could be eligible to play in the Championship playoff matches.
Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby of the club stated that the arrival of the Wales Rugby Team player is an indication of the growing ambitions of the club and that it can attract the biggest names in rugby as well.
He went on to add that the achievements made by Jones over his career is tremendous, stating that to captain one’s country for a record number of times as well as play for the British and Irish Lions is a remarkable feat and it doesn’t look like anyone can match it in the near future.
The Wales Rugby Team skipper stated that he will join the club when the season finishes for the Ospreys and he mentioned that he is delighted to be joining a club steeped in history. He added that the growing ambitions of the club as well as its traditions made his decision to move on from the Ospreys an easy one in the end.