Andy Robinson: Bristol boss says club 'will be great for Premiership' after promotion

Andy Robinson (left) and Matthew Morgan
Andy Robinson (left) celebrates with Matthew Morgan, who is joining Cardiff Blues this summer

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson believes his side have plenty to offer the Premiership after their promotion.

Having topped the Championship in four of the past six seasons and failed to go up, Bristol beat Doncaster on aggregate despite a second-leg defeat.

The club have been out of the top flight since being relegated in 2009.

"The thing for us is we believe as a side that, when we go up, the Premiership will enjoy coming to Ashton Gate," Robinson told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We look forward to Bath coming next year, Gloucester, Exeter and we believe we can sell-out at 27,000, which will be great for the Premiership.

"We'll bring a lot to the Premiership next year."

Bristol will go into the league without loose-head prop Ellis Genge - the new England squad member has joined Leicester following a spell on loan at Welford Road.

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Robinson, a former England player and coach, admits the Championship had tested his resolve during his tenure.

"For the last two years I haven't celebrated winning a game of rugby, and now I'm celebrating a game of rugby that we've lost," he continued.

"It's a funny feeling that you get because it's all or nothing, as was shown last year against Worcester."

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he added: "The players have put in an incredible effort, the team management have put incredible effort in, all for this, to make sure that we got promoted.

"The hard work starts - we want to perform well in the Premiership and there are a lot of improvements we've got to make."

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