Bath close to signing another international, how they could line-up next season - Ruck

Bath close to signing another international, how they could line-up next season

Wales lock Will Rowlands is reportedly the next international to make a move to Bath.

According to Wales Online, the Dragons have been unable to offer the second-row the type of deal he would be happy with as the four regions and the Welsh Rugby Union yet to agree a long-term funding deal.

The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of 2022-23 and has also been linked with Top 14 heavyweights Racing 92.

Rowlands, who joined Dragons from Wasps in 2021 to pursue Wales honours, is currently sidelined by a shoulder injury suffered in the national team’s only autumn win, against Argentina, on 12 November.

Another high-profile player reportedly heading to The Rec is Finn Russell.

According to the Mail Online, they are close to completing the move, which would be ‘a stunning coup for the West Country club and also the troubled Premiership as a whole, to have a new box-office asset.’

Russell had previously been linked with a move to Japan, but due to his personal life now would like to stay in Europe.

The Scotland number 10 insisted he was having “great fun” on his Scotland return after a terrific performance in the 52-29 win over Argentina at the weekend.

The experienced fly-half, who risked missing the birth of his first born to play in the match at the weekend, was overlooked for the first two autumn Tests.

“I’m enjoying myself, it’s great fun to be a part of and we ran in some great tries,” he told Amazon Prime.

“It was a good performance at times from us. We still need to learn to play for the full 80 minutes.

“It’s great to be back, I love playing at Murrayfield.

“It gives us confidence, there’s lots we need to learn from and build from. The last couple of Tests, we’ve attacked well and our defence has been good.”

How Bath could line-up next season:

  • 15. Tom de Glanville
  • 14. Ruaridh McConnochie (England)
  • 13. Jonathan Joseph (England)
  • 12. Cameron Redpath (Scotland)
  • 11. Joe Cokansiga (England)
  • 10. Finn Russell (Scotland)
  • 9. Ben Spencer (England)
  • 1. Ben Obano (England)
  • 2. Tom Dunn (England)
  • 3. Will Stuart (England)
  • 4. Dave Attwood (England)
  • 5. Will Rowlands (Wales)
  • 6. Ted Hill (England)
  • 7. Sam Underhill (England)
  • 8. Alfie Barbeary(England)