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Robinson is keen to keep starlet Braley

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

By STEVE COTTON

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson has confirmed two big signings

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson has confirmed two big signings

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Andy Robinson has made it clear he sees Callum Braley as a key part of Bristol's future – despite signing Dwayne Peel for next season.

Bristol yesterday completed deals to sign former Wales scrum-half Peel from Sale Sharks and Bath's Samoan prop Anthony Perenise ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

And, with talented homegrown scrum-half Braley out of contract this summer, the 19-year-old's Bristol future appears uncertain.

But director of rugby Robinson said he was keen to keep the England Under-20s man, who has made 10 appearances this season and started the club's last match – the 29-8 GKIPA Championship win over Moseley. A number of Aviva Premiership clubs are thought to be interested in Braley and monitoring his contract situation at Bristol.

Bristol already have four No 9s on their books – Braley, recent signing Luke Baldwin and experienced pair Ruki Tipuna and James Grindal – with Peel due to arrive in the summer.

And Robinson said: "Callum Braley has been given an offer and we are really keen to keep him at the club. He's a quality young player and we want him to be at Bristol next year.

"Luke Baldwin is here for two years and we're in continued discussions with the other two players.

"I never put a figure on how many players you need in each position. It's important to have at least three scrum-halves – we have four at the moment and that is working pretty well for us."

Peel, 32, who has won 76 caps for Wales and three for the British & Irish Lions, has signed a two-year contract with Bristol, having spent six seasons with Sale.

"I coached Dwayne with the Lions in 2005," said Robinson. "He played in the three Test matches and he's an outstanding player with a great rugby brain.

"He runs the game really well. The sport is really developing and showing that players at the age of 31 or 32 are maturing and really understand how to play the game."

Thirty-one-year-old Perenise, who has 15 caps for Samoa and played for the Super 15 Hurricanes before joining Bath, has signed a three-year contract with Bristol.

"We're delighted that the two players have committed to the club," said Robinson. "Anthony is playing outstandingly well for Bath. He's a player that I have coached against at international level and he's very highly rated – not just around his scrummaging play and line-out skills – but also his ability in the loose. I'm pleased that he wants to join Bristol next year.

"Dwayne has been in excellent form for Sale as well, so to sign two players who are playing really well at the moment is a big lift for the club.

"They have bought into the vision and the dreams that we have about where we want to take Bristol. They want to be part of that and support Bristol in our move forward and our ambition – not just to get into the Premiership – but also to be successful in the top flight."

Neither Peel nor Perenise can pull on a Bristol shirt until next season – but Robinson hopes news of their respective arrivals can "complement the work" already being done at the club.

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