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Bath announce big contract renewal news.

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Bath Rugby today announced that Francois Louw has signed a new contract, which will take the South African into his ninth season with the Club.

Louw arrived in the West Country at the start of the 2011/12 season from Super Rugby outfit Stormers and has since made 130 appearances.

Capped 65 times by his country, the 33 year-old has forged a reputation as one of the most highly regarded back rowers. Strong defensively and at the breakdown, Louw brings considerable experience to the team, which is not only crucial on the pitch, but off it in developing the wealth of talent in the back row.

Louw said:

“I am delighted to have extended my stay at this Club for another year. It has been a privilege and honour to play for Bath over the last eight seasons and to be a part of shaping the clear long-term future set out by the Club is something I’m really excited about. Thank you to everyone for your continuous support.”

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, added:

“Francois is one of those players that every coach wants in their team. He is not only a world-class player, but he brings the leadership qualities which will continue to drive us forward as a team. He has also been integral in the development of some of the younger players in the back row, with Sam Underhill, Zach Mercer, Josh Bayliss and Miles Reid all able to draw upon his experiences as a player.

“I know this news is going to go down well with the Bath Rugby supporters, who have had the fortune of watching him down at the Rec for the last eight years.”


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Baxter expecting Sio to make quick impact

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By Mark Stevens
5/10/22

Rob Baxter expects new Exeter Chiefs signing Scott Sio to be up to speed quickly after sealing his move to the Gallagher Premiership club.

The Australian international touched down at Sandy Park today following the recent culmination of the Rugby Championship, where he featured for the Wallabies in Tests against South Africa (twice) and New Zealand.

The Chiefs confirmed back in August that the 30-year-old would be heading to Devon after 11 seasons with the Brumbies. And Baxter believes it won’t be too long before his new addition is pressing his claims for a match-day role.

“If, by the end of this week, he’s getting over jetlag and he can do a full week’s training next week, then he’s going to be in and around the 23 pretty quickly,” Baxter said.

“It’s going to take us two or three days to get his training load correct and get him up and running. We’re not going to select him just to injure him, but he’s obviously a quality player – he was playing international rugby two or three weeks ago.

“We haven’t brought him here to sit on the sidelines for too long, but, at the same time, he’s going to have to show that he deserves a spot and that he’s training well and that he’s up to speed.”

Among those helping to sell the Chiefs culture are former players Greg Holmes, Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm and Nic White, all of whom enjoyed hugely successful spells at Sandy Park in recent years.

“Chatting with all those guys, they only had good words to say about the place,” said Sio. “They told me the Chiefs are a great club, on and off the field, and that’ll I will enjoy every minute of it.”

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Gloucester Rugby sign Argentina international

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Gloucester Rugby welcome the addition of Argentinian international Mayco Vivas, who joins the club immediately. 

The 6’1”, 122kg prop made a name for himself playing Super Rugby for the Jaguares in 2019 before making his international debut in the same year.

Vivas, who has won 17 caps for his homeland, was involved in this year’s Rugby Championship squad for the Pumas, including their historic victory over the All Blacks.

The 24-year-old joins Pumas teammates Matias Alemanno, Santiago Carreras and Santiago Socino in making Kingsholm their home.

Head coach George Skivington welcomes the addition of Vivas;

“We’re delighted to bring Mayco here to Gloucester. He’s clearly a talented player that offers a lot to the team in terms of set-piece and around the park. 

“Mayco is 24 and has got the potential to progress even further here at Kingsholm, we’re really excited to see what he can bring to us.

“He also adds some extra quality into an already strong front row which is crucial for a long Premiership season.”

 

 

 

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