Hipkiss opts for Bath

Centre to join Moody and Vesty at the Rec

Last Updated: 02/02/11 11:48am

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Hipkiss: Off to Bath

Hipkiss: Off to Bath

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Leicester and England centre Dan Hipkiss has confirmed he has agreed a two-year deal to move to Bath at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old will team up with former Tigers Sam Vesty and Lewis Moody after deciding to bring an end his 14-year association with Leicester.

Hipkiss, who has been capped 13 times, said: "I started playing for Leicester when I was 15, so will have had 14 years here by the end of this season.

"I have always wanted to try something different, and feel that this is the right time to do that. I've had a great time with Tigers, but really want to try something new in my career, and feel that I will be able to do that with Bath, especially after the good reports from Lewis Moody and Sam Vesty about the club.

"When you think about moving clubs, you look at those with ambition, and you can see that there is that in abundance at Bath, especially since the take-over from Bruce Craig and the consequent developments at Farleigh House.

"These tie in with my own ambitions, as I want to continue to be successful, and feel that Bath is the right place for me to succeed in these ambitions."

Hipkiss scored the winning try in the Premiership final last season and Bath coach Steve Meehan is delighted to have recruited a proven winner.

Meehan added "Dan is clearly a very experienced and skilful player, both of which will make him a valuable addition to our squad.

"He has played a lot of international rugby, and that experience will be great in helping some of our younger players develop, as well as bringing fresh ideas.

He is a very ambitious player, and we are certain he will fit in very nicely here at Bath."

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