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Championship contenders Bristol to bring in Jordan Crane from Leicester

Championship title contenders Bristol have announced the signing of Leicester back-row forward Jordan Crane.

Crane, who won three England caps in 2008 and 2009 and is a former England Saxons captain, will move to Bristol this summer on a three-year deal.

Crane, 29, has enjoyed a 10-year career with Leicester and been part of four Premiership title-winning squads.

Bristol rugby director Andy Robinson said: " Jordan is an excellent acquisition for Bristol Rugby and a natural leader.

"At 29 years old, he is at the peak of his career and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Ashton Gate.

"Jordan knows what is required to be successful at the highest level. He is a physical ball-carrier with a good understanding of the game."

Crane, who attended Colston's School in Bristol, added: " The opportunity to join Bristol Rugby and be part of the exciting vision going forward was one I couldn't turn down.

"The stadium is fantastic and the ambition and resources are there for the club to be really successful.

"I've had an incredible 10 years at Leicester, and those experiences have shaped my career. I would like to thank everybody at Tigers for their support."

Bristol will win the Championship and secure promotion to the Aviva Premiership if they beat play-off rivals Doncaster later this month over a two-legged final.


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