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Hull leaving Bristol

Championship side Bristol have announced their head coach Paul Hull will leave the club at the end of this season.

He will be replaced by Bristol's current academy manager Liam Middleton.

Bristol chairman Chris Booy said: "Paul has had a long association with the rugby club, both as a player and over the last six years as assistant coach and head coach. We thank him for all his efforts and wish him the very best for whatever roles he takes on in the future."

Hull, a former Bristol player and England full-back, took over as head coach in 2009 after rejoining the club as assistant coach four years previously.

Middleton, a level four-qualified Rugby Football Union coach, joined Bristol almost two years ago. He has also spent time coaching the Zimbabwe national team at various International Rugby Board sevens tournaments.

Bristol are through to this season's play-offs, although current form suggests they are unlikely to launch a major title challenge and clinch a coveted place back in the Aviva Premiership.

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