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John Afoa is leaving Bristol for France

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John Afoa will leave Bristol at the end of the season to follow Bears team-mate Nathan Hughes to France.

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The 38-year-old former New Zealand prop has agreed to join Pro D2 side RC Vannes until 2024, ending his four-year stay at Ashton Gate.

“Jonny leaves a legacy as one of the greatest ever tightheads to play in the Premiership, said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.  “As well as being a world class scrummager, his skill level and ability to play ball (‘the Razzle’) is second to none. To perform consistently at the top for over 20 years is a testament to his dedication, commitment and love of our game.

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“Jonny was key signing for us when we returned to the Premiership in 2018 and he made the exact impact I was looking for as a leader and mentor helping the club make huge strides on our journey to Inspiring Our Community Through Rugby Success.

“I am delighted that Jonny has an opportunity to experience a new country as part of his amazing rugby journey and he departs with massive respect and the gratitude of everybody at the Bears community.”

Former England number eight Hughes, 30, is departing for French giants Clermont in the summer.

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