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Bristol centre Eves pens new deal

Luke Eves
Eves has started 12 games for Bristol this season

Bristol's England Under-20s captain Luke Eves has signed a new two-year contract at the Memorial Stadium.

The 19-year-old centre joined the club's academy straight from school and made his full Bristol debut against Leicester in April 2008.

But he has broken through into the first team reckoning this season, scoring two tries in 20 appearances.

Head coach Paul Hull said: "It's great news for Bristol Rugby that Luke has committed his future to the club."

He added: "He's always had the potential and this season he's worked hard and really started to realise that potential."

Eves, who played in every game in England Under-20s' Grand Slam of 2008 and has captained the side twice this spring, said: "Everyone knows how much Bristol means to me, I've been here since I was at school.

"I feel that my game has come on leaps and bounds this season and I've enjoyed the involvement at first team level.

"I appreciate though that I still have work to do on my game and I think Bristol is the best place for me to do that."



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