Irish International Seals Move To Premiership Side
Aviva Premiership strugglers Bristol, have announced the signing of Dan Tuohy from Ulster this morning.
The 31-year-old lock will make the move with immediate effect. Tuohy was born in Bristol and had previous spells with English clubs, Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs before settling down with Ulster where he has spent the last sevens years, playing 136 times for the province.
Tuohy has been capped 11 times by Ireland and only returned to first team action in October after ankle ligament damage kept him sidelined for almost a year. Tuohy’s last international cap came in the World Cup warm-up against Scotland in August 2015 having made his debut under Declan Kidney in 2010.
“We’re pleased to welcome Dan into the fold. He’s a formidable presence in the second row and an experienced lineout operator,” Bristol’s acting head coach Mark Tainton told the club’s official website.
“I know Dan well from his time in the Ireland international set-up. His knowledge of the game at the highest level, as well as his leadership skills, will be of significant benefit to the team.”
Bristol are currently bottom of the Premiership, without a win in 10 games and face a huge uphill battle to stay up this season, but the former Ulster lock hopes he can add something to the group.
“When speaking to Mark it was clear to see the vision he had for the club. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to add something to the group.” Tuohy said.
Being born in Bristol and having played for Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester and Exeter, I know what Bristol Rugby is all about and what it means to the passionate supporters.
“I want to thank Ulster Rugby and the IRFU for the past seven-and-a-half years and wish them the very best in the future. My attention now turns to helping Bristol retain their place in the Premiership.”
Tuohy will be joined by outgoing Connacht coach Pat Lam next season, after it was revealed yesterday he has agreed a deal to take over the English side at the end of the current season.