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Attwood to hang up his boots at the end of the season



Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood will retire from professional rugby at the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 36-year-old has had a fantastic 18-year career which has seen him amass over 350 senior appearances, the majority of which have been in Blue, Black and White.

Aside from his two spells at The Rec, Attwood has represented England, plied his trade in France with Toulon and experienced life at two other West Country clubs in Bristol Bears and Gloucester as well as National League rugby with Dings Crusaders. 

His next chapter is unknown as of yet, but his rugby journey has been full of achievement and making memories.

“I have loved every minute of being a rugby player,” Attwood said.

“At times, it’s been hard. This job is so taxing on you both physically and mentally. But it’s also given me so much. It’s been fun and full of joy and friendships. Physically pushing yourself along with your teammates to find how far you are able to go. I’ve built bonds and bridges that will last a lifetime. 

“It’s been hard on my family. I look at my children, Jess and Patrick, who are my biggest fans, and I think about how my mum and dad have watched me get battered every week for almost 20 years… but they supported me and helped me every day. I’ll never be able to thank them enough.

“A club is a funny thing. From the owner, to the kitman, to the hospitality staff and media department through to the Academy players. So many important relationships and so many important people. I have been absolutely privileged to have worked with some of the absolute best, across all departments, through some truly great clubs. 

“I will always be thought of as a Bath player; 175 appearances for a club leaves an imprint on you. I’m grateful to the incredible Bath supporters who welcomed me and ran with me every step of the way.

“But mostly I’m thankful to the club, some of the most genuine and incredible players and coaches and off-field staff who have shared the last decade or so with me. They gave me the opportunity to live my dream every day and it’s down to them that I have been able to do so.”

Attwood stepped into professionalism with Bristol at the beginning of the 2005/06 season as an 18-year-old and debuted for the then Memorial Ground-based outfit against Bath in the Powergen Cup.

International honours were achieved the following summer as he was capped by England Under-19s in the 2006 Junior World Cup before going on to play for England Under-20s and England Saxons in the following two seasons. 

As he progressed towards becoming a full-fledged international, he ended his first spell with Bristol by switching to Gloucester where he enjoyed two seasons, earning his maiden full international cap against New Zealand. 

It was the start of an illustrious time with the rose on his chest which culminated in a 2016 home victory against South Africa. 

With Bath, Attwood found a home and was a mainstay in the 2014/15 team that reached the Premiership final.

He returned to The Rec following a successful second spell at Bristol, helping them to a Challenge Cup title during a difficult Covid period.

Attwood has been a real rugby ambassador throughout his career, acting as a role model for his peers throughout via his conduct, leadership and professionalism on and off the field. 

Everyone Bath Rugby would like to wish Dave a huge congratulations for a wonderful career and wish him the very best of luck with what is to come.

“Dave’s longevity in the game deserves to be heralded,” Bath Head of Rugby Johann van Graan.

“An England international and a great rugby ambassador, he has given so much to the sport, particularly Bath Rugby, over 18 years.

“He epitomises what it is to be a rugby player through his leadership, application and desire to work hard every day, and with how he performed against Bristol Bears on the opening day of the season, I knew he would be an integral part of our group for the year ahead. 

“Dave’s attitude towards offering advice to our younger players has been invaluable and he will go down in history as not only a Bath legend, but one of Premiership Rugby’s greats.”



Post-retirement, Attwood is planning to swim the English Channel for Aspire because, as he puts it, ‘it’s important to get out of our comfort zone’!

“I’m no stranger to putting my face in uncomfortable places… but this is usually between the sweaty backsides of some front row forwards! The chilly waters of the English Channel will be an entirely new uncomfortable experience.

“I will be swimming across the English Channel (approximately 22 Miles) in a relay with a couple of friends. This will entail hour long bouts of swimming in the frigid waters until we reach the other side wearing nothing but speedos and a pair of goggles.

“We will be doing this to help raise money for Aspire and all the amazing things that they do in order to support the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.” 

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Sale Sharks have agreed a deal to sign Fiji captain Waisea Nayacalevu from French Top14 side Toulon. 

The explosive centre, who starred for his country during the recent World Cup, has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year. 

He will join up with Alex Sanderson’s Sharks squad ahead of the start of the 2024/25 Gallagher Premiership season. 

Waisea, 33, said: “I’ve watched the Premiership for a long time and it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to play there one day and experience rugby in England. 

“Now that opportunity has arrived and I’m really, really happy and grateful. I’m so excited to get over there and join the boys and see how I can contribute to the team. 

“I have spoken to Telusa Veainu and he only has positive things to say about the club and about Manchester. 

“I’m looking forward to playing with some of the guys I’ve played against, like Tom Curry and George Ford. But I also know there are a lot of really talented young players in the Sale Sharks squad and I’m excited to share my experience and help them develop as much as I can.  

“I told Alex that it’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years of my career and it’s something I’m passionate about.” 

Nayacalevu, who stands at 6’4” and weighs in at 16st 7lb, spent ten years at Top14 side Stade Français before making the switch to Toulon in 2022.  

He has won 34 caps for Fiji, slotting in at both centre and on the wing, and captained his country at last year’s World Cup, where the Pacific Islanders made the quarter-finals, losing 30-24 to England in Marseille. 

He also famously scored for Fiji in their memorable pre-World Cup win against England at Twickenham. 

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Falcons star to join Saracens



Phil Brantingham to join Saracens

Tuesday 05 March 2024 Written by: Tom Grisedale

Prop-forward Phil Brantingham will leave Newcastle Falcons in the summer to join Saracens.

The 22-year-old has played 25 games for his home town club, and leaves with the thanks and best wishes of everyone at the Falcons.

Chairman of rugby Matt Thompson said: “Phil has done well for us and we made him a good offer to stay here.

“We respect his decision and wish him all the best for his move in the summer, but between now and then he will be fully committed to finishing the season strongly for Newcastle Falcons.”

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Sale Sharks can confirm that forward Cobus Wiese will leave the club at the end of the season to return to South Africa. 

The 26-year-old lock has played almost 80 games for the club and scored five tries since joining from the DHL Stormers ahead of the 2020/21 season. 

He played a key role last year as Sale reached the Premiership final, and this season he has featured a further 13 times for Alex Sanderson’s side. 

Alex said: “Cobus will be missed by all of us on so many levels. He’s the most polite and courteous of people off the field, but the most wildly excitable man on the field, and on a night out. 

“To say Cobus wears his heart on his sleeve is to do him a disservice with regards to his emotional commitment for which his body has paid the price on occasion.  

“He leads by example and has earnt the respect and adoration of the group both on a professional and a personal level. We wish him every success and happiness with his move back home.” 

Everyone at Sale Sharks would like to thank Cobus for his contribution to the club and the team during his time here and we wish him all the very best for the future.  

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