Bristol Rugby have confirmed that Head Coach Richard Hill has stepped down as Head Coach ahead of his expected departure at the end of the season.
Assistant coach Paul Hull will step up as his replacement and with only three victories in thirteen league rounds his immediate aim will be to lift Bristol from the bottom of the Guinness Premiership table.
Bristol Rugby Chairman Chris Booy explained:
"We had already agreed with Richard that he would be leaving the Club at the end of the season but given the position we are in, we believe it to be more appropriate for Richard to leave now and for Paul Hull to take over as Head Coach."
After spending one season in Newport as head coach in 2002, Hill joined Bristol Rugby in July 2003 following the Club's relegation to the First Division. He guided the Club to promotion at the end of the 2004/5 season and to Heineken Cup qualification the following season.
"Richard joined the Club when we had just been relegated and quickly built a team for the first season in the First Division and obtained promotion the following season. Particular highlights of Richard's time as Head Coach would be surviving our first year in the Guinness Premiership, finishing third the following season and then competing in the Heineken Cup." added the Chairman
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