Bath and England Saxon forward Nathan Catt has reluctantly hung up his boots, announcing his retirement from rugby with immediate effect due to long-term injury.
The seasoned forward bids a fond farewell to Bath Rugby after spending 12 years at the club and making 170 appearances in the Blue, Black and White.
Catt said: “I have been a part of this club for a very long time now and it has been a huge part of my life. The city is phenomenal, the supporters, the club, the players of past and present, it has all been a fantastic journey. I can’t thank Bath Rugby enough for giving me this opportunity to experience so many great memories.
“It has been an extremely tough decision to make. Whilst I have great pride when I look back on my career, I do sit here and think of what could have come – but that’s sport and injuries are part and parcel of the game we all love.
“My time has come before I’d have liked to hang up my boots, but I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved, the friends I’ve made and the memories I will cherish. To the supporters, I just want to say a huge thank you for backing me and following me on my journey, you have been nothing short of amazing.”
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