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Luke Daniels, Piers O'Conor and Lewis Thiede to swap Vallis Way for Ashton Gate ahead of 2018/19 season

Ealing Trailfinders can today confirm that Luke Daniels, Lewis Thiede and Piers O’Conor will all be joining Bristol Rugby at the end of the season.

The trio have been impressive performers throughout the 2017/18 campaign and have caught the attention of the current league leaders, meaning they will be swapping Vallis Way for Ashton Gate after the Championship concludes. 

Luke Daniels has been a crucial figure in the rise up the leagues and first joined when the club were in National One during the 2014/15 campaign. The full-back has featured for the West Londoners on over 50 occasions and his attacking performances will be remembered fondly by the supporters. 

Lewis Thiede arrived in Ealing ahead of the 2015-16 season, and was first-choice tight-head prop for the 2016-17 campaign, in which he made 27 appearances. 

The front-rower brought plenty of experience of the Championship with him as he previously played for Doncaster Knights and London Scottish, and also played for Wasps in the Aviva Premiership for two seasons.

Piers O’Conor signed for the Trailfinders from Wasps in the summer and his early season performances made him one of the standout performers in the division. The centre’s pace and footwork have seen him cross the try-line four times in the green and white shirt. 

Director of Rugby Ben Ward wishes the trio all the best at their new club. 

“Luke has been a key member of our journey after joining us back in the National One days, and his performances have ensured that he has always been a fan favourite. He has been in great form this season, I’d personally like to thank him for his efforts and he deserves his chance at Bristol.

Lewis has been a great player for the club and there is no doubt that he will be a real asset for Bristol moving forward. We are pleased at how much he has progressed during his time with us, and wish him well at Ashton Gate.

Piers is a great athlete who has shown glimpses of what he can do particularly in the earlier part of the season, so it is credit to him for his hard work during his time with us that he has decided to move on.

Currently our squad for next season is taking shape and we will be announcing some exciting arrivals in the coming weeks.”