After confirming the capture of Steven Luatua earlier this week, Bristol are now looking to bring two further All Blacks to the Ashton Gate next season.
According to the Bristol Post, the relegation-threatened club are lining up moves for Ryan Crotty and TJ Perenara, regardless of whether or not Bristol find themselves playing in either the Premiership or Championship next season.
While the news may come as a shock to some rugby fans, earlier this season Bristol chairman, Steve Lansdown, hinted at the possibility of signing players such as Ma’a Nonu, and even discussed the probability of an English club becoming the first to offer a player a £1 million per season salary.
Indeed, Lansdown is said to be worth £1.4 billion and looks more than willing to flex his financial muscle in order to make Bristol one of the Europe’s leading club sides.
Having already secured the services of Pat Lam ahead of next season, it seems as though Lansdown not only wants to provide the current Connacht coach with the tools necessary to bounce straight back into the Premiership if Bristol are ultimately relegated, but allow him build a team that will challenge in the top half of the Premiership.
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