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Sean Holley leaves newly-promoted Bristol by mutual consent

Bristol have announced the departure of first team coach Sean Holley.

Former Ospreys coach Holley has left the newly-promoted Aviva Premiership club by mutual consent, Bristol said.

Holley arrived in the south west in 2013 and was an integral figure behind last season's Championship title success.

"We thank Sean for his significant contribution to the environment at the club, and he departs having fulfilled his remit of helping Bristol return to the top flight," Bristol rugby director Andy Robinson told the club's official website.

"Sean was ready for a fresh challenge, and with a tough Aviva Premiership campaign ahead, we felt now was the right time to restructure our coaching department.

"Sean leaves with our very best wishes and we wish him success in the next chapter of his career."

Holley, meanwhile, added: " I am delighted and proud to have played my part in helping Bristol reach their goal of getting back to the Aviva Premiership after a seven-year absence.

"However, it's been a tough three years with some highs and lows, and professional rugby takes its toll, especially on the family who have remained living in Wales.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with Bristol for some great memories and wish them all the best for the future, but I now look forward to pursuing some new and exciting challenges."

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