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Hudson to quit Bath for Irish

By Will Roberts.   Last Updated: 04/04/06 10:18am

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Lock James Hudson will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season to join Guinness Premiership rivals London Irish.

Hudson, 24, is a product of the academy at the Recreation ground and has scored three tries in his 26 appearances for the club.

Unfortunately, the second row's first team opportunites have been somewhat hindered during his time at Bath, due to the unbreakable partnership of England duo Danny Grewcock and Steve Borthwick.

More bad fortune followed for Hudson last weekend, after he was forced off in the first half of the club's glorious Heineken Cup semi-final triumph, after picking up an early injury.

Commenting on his decision to seek pastures new, Hudson said: "It was a very hard decision to make as I have really enjoyed my time at Bath.

"All the players, coaches and support staff here have been great to me, but I made the decision to leave Bath Rugby as it meant that I would have greater opportunities to play first team rugby."

Bath Rugby head coach Brian Ashton said. "I am disappointed that James has decided to end his association with Bath Rugby and join London Irish, however I wish him well for the future."

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