7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Bristol Rugby Head Coach Richard Hill, who coached Thomas in the England Students set up, is delighted with the signing:
"I know Haydn well from having coached him in the England Students squad a couple of seasons back and, of course, he played against us for Exeter when we played in Division One."
"We need strength in depth at the number nine position given that we could well be missing Shaun Perry on World Cup duty next season. With Haydn and Brian O'Riordan, we will have two young scrum halves who both possess plenty of experience."
"He has a good pass and is quick and strong, capable of making breaks. He'll be a good signing for us."
Thomas will join Bristol Rugby during the summer in time for preseason training.