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28 June 2016

Epilepsy Society congratulates new rugby coach Jonathan Thomas

Epilepsy Society sends its congratulations to former Worcester Warriors skipper Jonathan Thomas who has just been named as the new defence coach to rugby's Premiership rivals Bristol.

The 33-year old ex international Wales forward was forced to retire from the game last year after a diagnosis of epilepsy which is believed to have been caused by head injuries on the field.

But the rugby giant was always determined that although he was hanging up his rugby boots, it would not be goodbye to the game completely. At the time of his retirement, he told Epilepsy Society: 'I'm not sure what the future holds but I'd love to stay involved with rugby in some capacity and potentially coach.'

Coaching Bristol

Now his dream has been realised as he joins the coaching set at Bristol. In a statement on Bristol’s website, director of rugby Andy Robinson said he had identified Thomas as the candidate for the job.

"We're pleased to welcome Jonathan to the club," said Robinson.

"I'd pinpointed him as an ideal candidate for the role and Jon has impressed us with his knowledge and understanding.

"Successful teams in the Aviva Premiership are built on a strong defence so Jon is an important addition to our coaching set-up."

Strong team

Jonathan, who won two Six Nations Grand Slams with Wales, said: "It's fantastic to be able to start my coaching career with Bristol.

"I've been really impressed with the set-up and ambition of the club.

"There's a quality squad of players here and a strong team ethic – I'm looking forward to working with them and the management team."

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