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Bristol in "war mode" after drop
April 5, 2009
Bristol assistant coach Paul Hull, March 30 2008
Bristol boss Paul Hull believes that his side can bounce back from relegation © Getty Images
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  • Bristol boss Paul Hull believes that his side are primed for a quick return in to the Guinness Premiership following their relegation at the hands of London Irish on Saturday. Their loss and a win for Worcester over Saracens at Sixways means that the West Country side will be swapping Leicester and Wasps for Newbury and Moseley next season, but former England fullback Hull believes that preparations for relegation have prepared them for immediate action.

    "Over the last couple of weeks I've been signing players so we've got a squad ready to play next season," he said. "Last time around - and I wasn't involved because I was academy manager - no-one knew where players were going. It was pretty obvious that most of the players were going to leave so we literally had three or four staying. "We had to build from scratch and yet that didn't start until we had the coaching staff in place.

    "We're miles ahead of that now and we're already building. We know what we're facing and we're in war mode to get out of this league."

  • Glasgow Warriors boss Sean Lineen has refused to confirm whether he will apply for the vacant post as Scotland head coach. Speaking after his Warriors side thrashed the Scarlets 38-21, former Scotland centre Lineen maintained that his only focus at the moment was the remaining four games of the Magners League season.

    "I am not thinking about it all," he said. "I'm thinking about having a couple of beers and the four games we have got left this season with Glasgow. I think it will be a long, drawn-out process getting a new coach. I think they will advertise it internally first and then externally.

    "I'm upset for Frank. I was with him during the first year when we won three games (in the 2006 Six Nations). There is always over-expectation in Scotland. That is the way it is.We are never going to win all our games. Players have got to look at themselves and whoever comes in has got a job on their hands."

  • Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus may face a disciplinary hearing after becoming involved in a debate with the assistant referees during his side's 12-6 loss to the Waratahs on Saturday. Erasmus approached the assistant referees at half-time, and has acknowledged his mistake.

    "I was attempting to approach the touch judges to watch out for a few things, but apparently you can't do that," he said. "That's the laws and I accept that."

  • Leeds have moved seven points clear of their nearest rivals Exeter in National One after a hard-fought 31-26 away victory over Moseley. Exeter opened the door further for Leeds to make an immediate return to the Guinness Premiership after slipping to a 35-28 loss at the hands of struggling Coventry. With Leeds facing bottom-placed Manchester in mid-week, Exeter's challenge could be doomed for another season.


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