Bristol sign Sidoli and Lilo

11 April 2008
Bristol have bolstered their squad with the signings of Wales international Robert Sidoli and Tonga star Vunga Lilo. Sidoli, who will arrive from Cardiff Blues, played an integral role in Wales' 2005 Six Nations triumph, while Lilo joins from National League One side Cornish Pirates.Sidoli, who is currently out of favour with Wales coach Warren Gatland, will replace second-row Sean Hohneck who is set to move to Italian side Viadana next season.

Utility back Lilo starred in all four of Tonga's World Cup games including the defeat by England.

Bristol head coach Richard Hill said: ''We've been talking to Robert for some time now, and he will certainly boost our second-row resources for next season.

''I was impressed with Robert's desire to be part of what we are trying to achieve at Bristol.

''We've also kept an eye on Vunga since the World Cup last year, when he was one of Tonga's star performers.

''He's had a really good season down at the Cornish Pirates, and he will give us options at centre and full-back.''