Bath Rugby has confirmed Springbok flanker Francois Louw has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
The 28-year-old is a current member of the South Africa squad with 19 international caps to date and joined Bath in 2011, showing immediate signs of quality with a series of man-of-the-match performances.
Louw has become a central part of coach Gary Gold's plans at the Rec having produced a number of game-changing displays, including a match-winning try against Leicester Tigers at the end of last season.
Interest in the back-row has grown in accordance with his performances and Director of Rugby Gold is delighted to have secured the services of the highly-rated forward.
"Flo is truly a world class player, and the fact that he was so keen to stay with us says great things about what we are working to create here," said Gold.
"He could have chosen his club, and he chose to stay with us. We are delighted to have him on board."
Louw, the grandson of former South African international Jan Pickard, conceded he needed little time to consider re-signing with the club having thoroughly enjoyed his stay.
"I love playing at Bath and absolutely believe in where we're going, so signing a new deal was a no-brainer for me," he said. "I'm just happy it's all sorted so I can get back to work."