Watson agrees Bath switch

Western Province skipper heading to the Guinness Premiership

Last Updated: 14/06/09 11:49am

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Watson: Bath move

Watson: Bath move

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Western Province flanker Luke Watson has signed a two-year deal to join Bath after the Currie Cup.

"Joining Bath represents a new beginning and an opportunity to grow and experience the game in the top echelons of northern hemisphere rugby."
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The deal was confirmed after Watson, who has won 10 caps for South Africa, led Western Province to a 26-23 defeat against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

The Currie Cup final takes place on October 31, although Watson could arrive at the Recreation Ground earlier depending on Western Province's progress in the competition.

"Playing in the Cape for Western Province and the Stormers has been, and remains, a privilege," said Watson.

"We still have some unfinished business in this year's Currie Cup, and I will be giving my all to ensure a successful season for the team and the Newlands faithful.

"Joining Bath represents a new beginning and an opportunity to grow and experience the game in the top echelons of northern hemisphere rugby."

Talented

The capture of Watson, 25, represents a welcome addition to Bath's depleted squad.

The Guinness Premiership club have commanded headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months after the departure of players like Matt Stevens, Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett.

"Luke Watson is a very talented rugby player and an experienced leader who is yet to reach his peak," said Bath head coach Steve Meehan.

"We are very happy to have him arriving at Bath, even though we may have to wait until November.

"We are certain he will have a huge impact.

"Our discussions have been very straightforward, and neither of us is in any doubt of the way Bath play their rugby and the responsibilities he will inherit."

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