Varndell eyeing Bristol safety

Varndell eyeing Bristol safety

Tom Varndell says his only aim is helping Bristol avoid relegation this season and not achieving personal records.

Varndell joined Bristol last year and was pivotal in getting the club back into the Aviva Premiership, ending a seven-year absence from the top flight of rugby.

The former England international wing scored 13 tries in 21 Championship appearances and his impressive form has been taken into the 2016-17 campaign.

He crossed the whitewash in the opening game of the season against Harlequins and in doing so took his Premiership try tally to 86, just four behind Mark Cueto who is in first place.

The 30-year-old is expected to top the standings by the end of the season although he insists personal glory is not on his mind.

Varndell said: "I'm not looking at it week in, week out and thinking about the record, I just want to score as often as I possibly can for Bristol to have a fighting chance to stay up."

Bristol are next in action on Sunday as Varndell makes a return to former club Wasps in Coventry.