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Bristol hand trials to American footballers
ESPN Staff
October 27, 2014
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Bristol have announced they will take two former college American Football players on trial in November.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons full-back Joel Yogerst and Temple University linebacker Quinten White are bidding to earn professional UK deals and will join Andy Robinson's squad next month.

"There's an enormous pool of talented athletes in the States and rugby union is rapidly developing in the country," director of rugby Robinson said.

"I'd like to welcome Joel and Quinten to Bristol Rugby and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve here."

The pair were spotted during an open trial day for the National Rugby Football League (NRFL) Combine, which is due to launch in the United States next summer, and have been handed two-week trials with the Championship leaders.

"Joel and Quinten both provide unique skillsets that will translate favourably as they transition into their professional rugby careers," said Shawn Zobel, a player recruitment specialist for the NRFL Combine.

"I'm sure they'll show really well at Bristol, their attitude and work ethic is of the highest calibre."

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