Bristol Rugby's Will Helu eyes promotion to Premiership

William Helu
Helu has eight international caps for Tonga

Tonga's Will Helu believes his new Bristol side have the quality to win promotion back to the Premiership.

The 25-year-old centre made his debut for the club in the 33-19 victory over Leeds to move them one point clear at the top of the Championship table.

Helu told BBC Radio Bristol: "Ambitions are a big part of rugby and Bristol is definitely a Premiership club with all the values that they have to offer.

"Hopefully it will just keep going well for us."

The former Grenoble and Roma player, who can also play on the wing, arrived at Bristol on a short-term deal in October and said he had enjoyed his first Championship outing.

"This is quite physical up front," he said. "I played in France and it was quite similar with all the boys getting involved. I really like the Bristol way of playing. The coaches emphasise us to take a bit of risk and to play the ball.

Helu enjoys 'physical' Bristol debut

"I had a bit of interest in France but I'd been there for two years so when my agent said about coming to England I was really excited.

"Now I am just focusing on the six months and taking Bristol back up to where they belong."

And Bristol's head coach, Liam Middleton, whose side top the Championship from London Welsh, was positive about his team's display against Leeds.

"We showed a lot of dominance, our scrum was very good, our breakdown was good," said Middleton.

"All the areas you need to win a big game we were good at and that was pleasing.

"I thought we were more dominant than the score suggested but I think that shows how competitive the league is. We were strong enough and dominant to come away with full points really."

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