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Bristol’s suspension of Andy Robinson ‘a disgrace’

  • England fly-half Paul Grayson has called Andy Robinson’s suspension a disgrace
  • Bristol have lost seven of their Aviva Premiership games so far this season
  • Kicking coach Mark Tainton was named as acting head coach
Bristol’s treatment of director of rugby Andy Robinson is “a disgrace”, says ex-England fly-half Paul Grayson.

The Premiership strugglers, who have lost all seven of their league games this term, suspended Robinson on Thursday, pending a performance review. Kicking coach Mark Tainton was named as acting head coach.

“I think Andy Robinson deserves far more credit than that for what he’s done for Bristol and in the game,” Grayson told BBC Radio 5 live.

“To play it out so publically, personally leaves a bad taste in my mouth.”



“Barring their first game against Harlequins where they lost narrowly, they will not be happy with what they’ve produced in the subsequent six (league) games,” Grayson said.

“What I’m not a fan of is conducting business in public. I’m not sure where this word suspended has come from.

“What will the results of it be? Well, that’s entirely up to Bristol if they decide that they want to move Andy on, fine then pay off his contract and move him on.

“But for him to be sitting there now with everything in the papers – I think it’s a disgrace to be honest.”

Robinson signed a new three-year contract with Bristol in August.


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