Transfer News: Two players leave Bristol with immediate effect
Hooker Ross McMillan and lock Dan Tuohy have been released from their contracts at Bristol by mutual consent.
“We had open discussions with these guys and it was agreed that the best decision for all parties was to release them early from their contracts,” said head coach Pat Lam.
“Both men have served Bristol Rugby well and worked hard during their time at the club. We wish them well for the next chapter and thank them for their efforts.”
McMillan added: “I’d like to personally thank the fans. When my daughter was in hospital, they rallied around to raise money through bucket collections and showed their support. One of the main reasons I came to Bristol was to be close to my family and I think the supporters appreciated that.
“It’s been an honour to be able to give back to those that have backed me and I wish the club all the best for the future. Rugby is about memories and building relationships and I’ve thoroughly appreciated the opportunity of playing for this club.”
Tuohy said: “I’d like to thank the supporters, players and staff during my time at the club. I wish Bristol Rugby every success for the future and hope to see them promoted. I leave on good terms and my feelings towards the club are positive.
“I was born in Bristol and came back to the West Country – it was great to return home and be close to family. Professional sport takes its twists and turns and these things happen.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and, in particular, Pat [Lam] for letting me go on loan to Leicester Tigers earlier this season to get some gametime under my belt and head of medical services Rory [Murray] for working tirelessly with me during my rehabilitation.”